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Soren's fate uncertain before trust vote

india Updated: May 30, 2010 21:43 IST
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The fate of the minority Shibu Soren government in Jharkhand remained uncertain on the eve of trust vote on Monday with the Congress and its ally JVM(P) not spelling out their stand.

In a last ditch attempt, the ruling Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) on Sunday asked legislators to listen "to their inner voice" and vote for Soren to avoid President's rule or mid-term polls.

Congress leader in the 82-member House, Rajendra Prasad Singh said the party with 14 MLAs would take a decision in the morning tomorrow in consultation with its ally Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (Prajatantric) having eleven legislators.

The JMM, which has 18 MLAs, needs the support of the 42 members to sail through the confidence vote. Currently the government has the support of 25 MLAs -- JMM-18, AJSU-5 and Independent 2.

BJP with 18 MLAs and JD(U) with two had withdrawn support to the Soren government on May 24 after Soren had backed the UPA government by voting against cut motions sponsored by the opposition in the Lok Sabha.

BJP's decision came after Soren backtracked on a power sharing deal under which Arjun Munda would have led a BJP-led government for 28 months and the JMM would rule for the remaining period.

"We have convened a meeting on Sunday at 9 am. JVM-P MLAs have been invited to discuss our floor strategy," Singh said.

Last week, the JVM-P leadership said they would vote against the Soren government.

Meanwhile, senior JMM leader Champai Soren said "we would like to appeal to all the MLAs to rise above party lines, listen to their inner voice and conscience and support the Soren government in the floor test to avoid President's Rule."

Another JMM leader Simon Marandi said "whichever party supports guruji (Soren) during the trust vote, the JMM will align with it."