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Row continues over Indian state
Manmohan Singh (left) with Sonia Gandhi
The events have embarrassed Congress
Opposition protests have forced India's parliament to adjourn for the fourth straight day after a political row over developments in Jharkhand state.

The state's governor swore in a governing alliance member as the leader of the new Jharkhand government even though he appears to lack support.

Indian president Abdul Kalam has met the governor, Syed Sibte Razi, after the BJP approached him to intervene.

Mr Razi says he will now advance the date for a vote of confidence.

"The way that situation has developed, I am going to advance the date for [the government] to prove its majority," he told journalists after meeting the president.

Earlier the new Jharkhand chief minister, Shibu Soren, had been given until 21 March to prove his majority.

High drama

On Thursday, the BJP paraded 36 party legislators from Jharkhand and five independent members in front of the president, saying it had the necessary majority to form a BJP-led government in the state.

I am going to advance the date for [the government] to prove its majority
Syed Sibte Razi,
Jharkhand governor

The events at Jharkhand are said to have deeply embarrassed the government of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress President Sonia Gandhi.

Mr Razi is a member of the Congress Party and was appointed to the post of governor after the party came to power last year.

But many analysts have criticised his move to appoint Mr Soren, saying he acted hastily.

The Congress-led alliance, of which Mr Soren is a member, won only 26 of the state's 81 assembly seats, against 36 for the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA).

Elections were held in Jharkhand recently along with Bihar and Haryana.

Goa dismissal

While Congress won in Haryana, its performance was much poorer in Jharkhand and Bihar.

On Friday, Congress announced that Bhupinder Singh Hooda would be the new chief minister of Haryana, following the party's landslide win.

But it is still not clear who will form the next government in Bihar where no alliance has a clear majority.

Meanwhile, the Indian cabinet has recommended dismissal of the government in the western state of Goa.

The decision was taken hours after Congress Chief Minister Pratap Sinh Rane won a controversial vote of confidence.

The vote was tied at 16-16 but Mr Rane won the vote of the acting speaker.

The speaker had earlier disqualified a legislator supporting the BJP alliance, reducing its strength in the house.

India's Home Minister Shivraj Patil told journalists in Delhi that what had happened in Goa was unacceptable.

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