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House dissolution or new alliance in power? J'khand guv keeps silent

B Vijay Murty and Aurangzeb Naqshbandi, Hindustan Times  Ranchi/New Delhi, January 10, 2013
First Published: 00:37 IST(10/1/2013) | Last Updated: 00:40 IST(10/1/2013)

Suspense prevailed in political circles in Jharkhand on Wednesday with a Raj Bhavan spokesperson saying governor Syed Ahmad would take a couple of days to decide whether to accept outgoing chief minister Arjun Munda's recommendation to dissolve the assembly or call another combination to form the next government if such a proposal is made.

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"The governor will give a patient hearing to all parties before taking a call," the spokesperson said, clarifying that the governor had only sent a status report to the Centre so far.

"The report he sent is primarily on the political developments of last two days, and it makes no mention of imposing President's Rule," the spokesperson stressed.

The Arjun Munda government was reduced to a minority on Monday following the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) withdrawing support to the coalition after the BJP rejected its claim to the CM's post.

JMM leaders, including Hemant Soren, Simon Marandi, Mathura Mahto and Haji Hussain Ansari, arrived in Delhi for talks with the Congress leadership to discuss the possibility of forming an alternative coalition government.

Later leaders of both the parties met at an undisclosed location to thrash out the modalities of forming the next government.

Privately, Congress and JMM leaders maintain that another coalition government was inevitable in Jharkhand as neither party wants immediate assembly elections.

JMM leaders have also conveyed to the Congress leadership that they always stood with the UPA government on crucial issues such as the Presidential election and even voted in favour of FDI in multi-brand retail in Parliament.

"We had first approached Congress at the time of government formation 28 months ago. They didn't take any initiative and we were forced to go with BJP in the larger interest of the state. We don't want elections in Jharkhand every six months," a senior JMM leader told HT.


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