Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) on Sunday withdrew support to the Madhu Koda-led coalition in Jharkhand, reducing it to a minority.
The JMM is also contemplating to withdraw support from the Manmohan Singh government at the Centre, if the UPA's central leadership does not make "sincere efforts" to install JMM chief Sibu Soren as next Chief Minister of Jharkhand.
After holding meetings with the party legislators in the state capital, Soren, accompanied by the deputy chief minister Sudhir Mahto and other 16 party legislators, went to the Raj Bhawan around 7 pm and handed over a letter to the Governor Syed Sibtey Razi, withdrawing support to the government.
The JMM has 17 legislators in the 81-member assembly.
Its three legislators who were ministers in the Koda government — Sudhir Mahto, Dulal Bhuiyan and Nalin Soren — also handed over their resignations.
The JMM is now trying to install Soren as next CM. For this, it has approached independents and rebels in opposition parties.
The governor may now ask Koda to prove his majority in the House.
Earlier in the day, two independent ministers — Bandhu Tirkey and Bhanu Pratap Shahi — met Soren and requested the JMM chief to sort out the crisis.
Soren said his party withdrew support to the government to explore possibilities of forming an alternative government.
Reacting over the support withdrawal, the main Opposition party, BJP, demanded immediate dismissal of the Koda government. "We request the governor to dismiss this government without any delay. Delay will send a wrong message among public," the BJP state president P N Singh told HT.