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Doors still open for BJP: JMM

india Updated: Apr 28, 2010 21:22 IST

The Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) on Wednesday said the option of reconciliation with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was still open even as the latter announced withdrawal of support to the Shibu Soren government in the state.

The BJP Wednesday announced in New Delhi that it is withdrawing support to the JMM government on grounds that Chief Minister Soren had "betrayed" it by voting against the cut motion in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday.

BJP would formally withdraw support Thursday by handing over the letter to Governor M O H Farook.

"Doors are still open for BJP. They have announced the withdrawal of support and it has not (yet) withdrawn the support. The two are different things," said Hemlal Murmu, human resource development minister and senior JMM leader.

"The party legislators will meet on Thursday and decide the future course of action."

Asked about getting support from the Congress, he said: "The party legislative meeting will decide (on it)."

The four-month-old government was reduced to minority after BJP's withdrawal of support.

The government was formed Dec 30 with support of 45 legislators. Apart from his own 18 legislators, Soren was backed by the BJP (18), All Jharkhand Students Union (5), Janata Dal-United (2) and two Independents. The Congress has 14 legislators in the 82-member assembly.