The Hindu : Front Page : Haryana Assembly dissolved CHANDIGARH: The Haryana Vidhan Sabha was dissolved on Friday by Governor Jagannath Pahadia on the recommendation of Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, according to highly-placed sources here. 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. The Hooda Government would have completed its five-year term in March 2010. According to political observers here, the Election Commission of India is now certain to announce polls in Haryana in October along with those in Maharashtra. The elections in Haryana were otherwise scheduled to be held in February next year. The just-dissolved Assembly was constituted on March 20, 2005. Mr. Hooda told media persons earlier on Friday that the State Cabinet which met here had unanimously passed the resolution to recommend immediate dissolution of the 90-member House. He said the Government had decided to go in for early polls as it was “the wish of the people” and the Opposition parties also “wanted so”. Former Haryana Chief Minister and Indian National Lok Dal supremo Om Parkash Chautala welcomed the decision of the Hooda regime to go in for early elections. Talking to media persons at his residence here, he asserted that the Hooda regime had no option but to recommend dissolution of the Assembly as it had “no money in the State coffers to implement the several false announcements made by it in the past”. Haryana Janhit Congress leader Kuldip Bishnoi also welcomed the move of the Hooda regime to go in for early polls. Haryana BJP chief Krishanpal Gujjar also welcomed the decision saying that now the State would be rid of a “corrupt and inefficient regime” as the people would now have the democratic opportunity to throw out the Congress Government. According to political observers, the ruling Congress had decided to advance the Assembly polls after the landslide victory of the party in the Lok Sabha polls held in May this year. The Congress won nine out of the ten Lok Sabha seats from the State; the fledgling Haryana Janhit Congress was able to win the Hisar seat thanks to former Chief Minister Bhajan Lal, while the INLD-BJP alliance was totally routed. It was being felt in Congress circles that the victory could be described as a mandate for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at the national level and the pro-people and development-oriented policies of Mr. Hooda as well as their “clean image”. It was also felt that since the Opposition was virtually in a shambles and the new alliance between the Haryana Janhit Congress and the Bahujan Samaj Party was yet to prove its mettle, the political scenario was in favour of the ruling party and it could once again sweep the polls. A senior Congress leader said on point of anonymity that the Congress high command had agreed to the suggestion of Mr. Hooda to advance the polls by almost seven months especially after senior Opposition stalwarts including former Finance Minister Sampat Singh joined the Congress unconditionally recently.