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Marandi demands fresh Jharkhand elections

india Updated: Aug 18, 2008 14:33 IST

A day after JMM withdrew support to the Madhu Koda led-UPA government in the state, Former Jharkhand chief minister Babulal Marandi said on Monday that he would meet Governor Syed Sibtey Razi and ask him to dismiss the "minority government".

"We are meeting the Governor on Monday. We will request him to dismiss the government and recommend President's Rule to pave the way for fresh Assembly elections," Marandi, the president of Jharkhand Vikas Morcha, said in Ranchi.

The BJP's state unit president, P N Singh, also said a party delegation would call on the Governor later on Monday in view of the prevailing political situation in the state.

"We sought an appointment with the Governor on Monday...The BJP is ready for elections and is not interested in exploring any other possibility," Singh said.

After supporting the Koda-led UPA government for 23 months, JMM president Shibu Soren on Sunday night finally pulled the plug on the government following repeated threatening to do so for some time.

There ministers - Sudhir Mahto, Nalin Soren and Dulal Bhuyan - also submitted their resignation letters to Razi immediately after Soren handed over the withdrawal letter to the Governor.

The letter of withdrawal of support was signed by all 17 JMM MLAs.