Seven months ahead of completion of its term, the Haryana Cabinet has recommended dissolution of the 90-member state assembly, thus paving the way for early elections in the state.
In a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda in Chandigarh, the Cabinet unanimously recommended to Governor Jagan Nath Pahadia to dissolve the house with immediate effect.
Earlier postponed on August 17 following death of state Health Minister Kartar Devi, the meeting of the Cabinet advocated elections in October along with other states, including Maharashtra, said officials.
It may be mentioned that since Lok Sabha polls, in which Congress faired appreciating well, it has been keen for early polls to capitalize on the overwhelming support it got from the people.
Though the state assembly polls were due in February next year, Hooda looked keen to capitalise on a “weak opposition” with the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD-BJP) having received a drubbing in the Lok Sabha polls and newly-floated Haryana Janhit Congress (BL)-BSP alliance still looking to gain a foothold.
The present Assembly was constituted on March 20, 2005.
The strength of Congress members in the present assembly was 64 while eight MLAs were from INLD, one each from BJP, BSP and NCP and ten independents.Five seats are vacant.