KCR dissolves state Assembly; Stage set for early polls in Telangana

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HYDERABAD: Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has decided to dissolve state Assembly paving way for early election. The decision was taken after a Cabinet meeting at Pragathi Bhavan, the CM's camp office, in Hyderabad, which lasted for around 15 to 20 minutes.

 

The chief minister met Telangana Governor ESL Narasimhan and informed him about the decision to dissolve the state Assembly. The governor approved assembly dissolution and asked Rao to continue as caretaker chief minister of the state till the new government is formed.

According to the reports of The Wire, Telangana’s assembly election were set to take place concurrently with the 2019 Lok Sabha ones, but could now be brought forward to November-December, when Rajasthan. Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Mizoram go to the ballot.

The decision to dissolve the Assembly came after KCR held a meeting with his Cabinet on Thursday.

The Telangana Cabinet meet, the second in five days, came amid speculations that KCR is all set to announce the dissolution of the state assembly.

In a press communique, the Principal Secretary to the Governor said that KCR and his council of Ministers called on the Governor and presented the resolution, “recommending the dissolution of the First Legislative Assembly of Telangana State.”

On Wednesday, sources in the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) claimed that the government has more-or-less made up its mind on the dissolution of the assembly, whose term ends next year, news agency PTI reported.

The sources have added that the chief minister saw an advantage in delinking Assembly elections, which were originally scheduled to be held next year, with the Lok Sabha polls.

In recent weeks, the state government had announced a slew of measures for the benefit of various sections of the society further giving a boost to speculations that the party could go for early elections to cash in on the perceived positive atmosphere prevailing for it in the state.

Addressing a mega rally on Sunday, where the announcement on early polls was highly expected, KCR said that ministers and party leaders had authorised him to take a decision on it in the interest of people and the party and he would take a call soon.

Telangana’s chief electoral officer Rajat Kumar recently stated that the election body was prepared to conduct election. A report in the New Indian Express said the draft electoral rolls contained 2.61 crore voters. In 2014, the number was 2.81 lakh. The reduction in number was due to some people moving to Andhra Pradesh, while some names were also removed due to mismatch of details in voter and Aadhaar cards. The state election commission needs 84,000 VVPAT control units and 1.23 lakh ballot units, the report said.

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