Himachal CM hints at constitutional crisis



Shimla: The controversy raised over early announcement of elections in Himachal Pradesh does not appear to subside. Not ready to give up easily, Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh today said the state was heading for a constitutional crisis, as while the new Vidhan Sabha would be elected before December 31, the term of the present Vidhan Sabha would continue till March 9, 2008. He said the situation could have been prevented had the Election Commission of India re-arranged the election dates from December 19 in the 65 assembly segments. The CM said there had never been two Lok Sabhas or two vidhan sabhas functioning at the same time, except once in Tamil Nadu, and that too due to a mistake. Singh said the winter session of the present vidhan sabha would be held either before or after the elections are held and the present government will go about in performing various inauguration and foundation stone laying functions after the model code of conduct is lifted on December 31.

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