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JMM to withdraw support on Sunday

india Updated: Aug 16, 2008 21:52 IST
JMM to withdraw support tomorrow; Soren to meet governor

In a day marked by significant political developments in Jharkhand, the JMM said it would withdraw support to the Madhu Koda government on Sunday if the chief minister did not resign today, while the state governor allowed party chief Sibu Soren's request for an appointment.

"If Koda does not resign today, we will withdraw support to his government tomorrow," JMM secretary Dilip Chatterjee told PTI.

The JMM has convened a crucial meeting of the party's central committee and legislature party tomorrow, where a formal decision of withdrawal would be made, Chatterjee said.

Soren is scheduled to call on Governor Syed Sibtey Razi after the party meeting as Razi has allowed his request for an appointment at 7 pm, Raj Bhavan sources said.

Meanwhile, the JMM has issued a whip asking all its 17 MLAs to be present at meeting, amidst speculation that some JMM MLAs might abstain from the meeting.

"The whip has been issued to ensure that every one gives his or her view and listens to others," Soren's son and the party's students wing leader Hemant said.

"Anything can be possible in politics," Hemant said about the outcome of tomorrow's meetings.

The governor also gave his nod on the state cabinet's decision to convene the monsoon session of the assembly from September 19 to 25, Raj Bhavan sources said.

Earlier on August 12, Soren threatened to withdraw support to the UPA coalition in Jharkhand if incumbent Madhu Koda did not quit soon. Koda ignored the quit call as several independent ministers rallied behind him. They said there was no need for any leadership change.