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Not averse to doing business with JMM, hints Cong

delhi Updated: Apr 28, 2010 21:33 IST

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Congress on Wednesday dropped enough hints that it is not averse to forming an alternative government in Jharkhand after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) withdrew support to the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM)-led coalition but preferred not to take any decision in haste.

While a senior leader, who declined to be identified, told that all options on government formation were open before the party, AICC spokesman Manish Tewari said "the situation in Jharkhand is an evolving one. We are keeping an eye on everything".

"We do not take any political decision in a haste," Tewari told reporters.

Asked whether Shibu Soren is with UPA, he said, "The meaning that comes out of his step of opposing the cut motion is very clear."

The four-month-old Soren government was reduced to a minority after BJP withdrew support for his action to vote against the party's cut motion in Lok Sabha yesterday.

At the same time, the AICC seems to be giving the impression that the party was not in a hurry and watching the political situation in the state to play out fully.

Speaking separately, AICC in-charge for Jharkhand K Keshava Rao said "there is nobody untouchable in politics".

"Never averse to it. After all we contested the election there to form a government" was his refrain when asked if Congress is not averse to forming a government in the state.

On whether the party sticks to its stand that it will not form any alliance government in the state with Soren as the head, Rao said, "In politics there is no last word."

Another senior leader, however, made it clear the JVM chief Babulal Marandi, with whose party it contested the last Assembly election in the state, will not be dumped.

"No question of dumping Babulal. He, too, has to be taken on board," the leader said.

He also said that it was Soren's stand on Naxalism that had come in the way of formation of a Congress-JMM government last time but was quick to add, "there has been an evolution in his position on the issue since then."

At the AICC briefing, Tewari almost stopped short of welcoming Soren's step of voting against the cut motion yesterday saying, "If somebody has kept in mind the larger picture that the country need not be plunged into uncertainty and exercised that step, all right-minded persons should appreciate that."

On asked about a possible deal behind Soren supporting the UPA government as money had changed hands when the JMM had bailed out the P V Narasimha Rao government, Tewari brushed aside the question saying "political decisions are taken in political perspectives."