Haryana assembly dissolved, polls likely in mid-Oct

The Haryana Vidhan Sabha was dissolved on Friday by Governor Jagannath Pahadia on the recommendation of Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda.

Earlier in the day, the State Cabinet headed by Mr. Hooda had unanimously recommended to the Governor dissolution of the Vidhan Sabha with immediate effect thereby paving the way for early elections in the State seven months ahead of schedule.

Polls are likely in October, with those in Maharashtra and Arunachal Pradesh.

The announcement came after a short Cabinet meeting, after which the CM rushed to Raj Bhavan to hand over the recommendation for early elections, which were earlier slated for March next year.
Governor Jagannath Pahadia late in the evening accepted the recommendation and the House speaker was informed. Hooda was asked to continue as the caretaker chief minister until the state elections were completed. In the 2005 assembly elections, Congress won 67 of the 90 seats .

The move is aimed at capitalising on the Congress’ gains in the state during the Lok Sabha polls where it won nine out 10 parliamentary constituencies. Mr Hooda’s government has been in poll-mode for the last few months and the government announced a slew of measures aimed at keeping its winning streak in place after Friday’s cabinet meeting.

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