Arjun Munda pulls up JMM, calls for stable Govt. in Jharkhand

New Delhi, Jan. 17 (ANI): Former Jharkhand chief minister Arjun Munda on Thursday launched a frontal attack on the Shibu Soren-led JMM for withdrawing support to the coalition government in the state, saying those behind this move are against development.

Munda, who was responding to a poser on the move to impose President's rule in Jharkhand, said only a stable government should come in the state, and only a stable government can carry forward development work.

"Everybody is aware of it, but despite that the attempt to destabilise the government is unfortunate. And all those people responsible for it are against the development. We tried to give a developed government and carried forward the developmental process. We made all attempts to bring all sections of people together and participate in the developmental work," he added.

Munda said that he did not know the intention behind imposing President's rule in Jharkhand.

"I got to know that President's rule has been imposed in Jharkhand. I knew that President's rule would be imposed in Jharkhand, but we also demanded that the assembly should be dissolved and we should move towards the election and receive the mandate of the people. I don't know the intention of it (President's rule)," he said.

The Union Cabinet earlier in the day recommended imposition of President's Rule in Jharkhand, which is facing political instability after the collapse of the Arjun Munda-led BJP-JMM coalition government last week.

The decision in this regard was taken on the basis of a report on political situation in Jharkhand prepared by Governor Syed Ahmed and sent to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).

The recommendation was made in the Governor's second report to the Central Government in wake of the resignation of Chief Minister Arjun Munda, who also sought dissolution of the Assembly after JMM withdrew support to his government.

The Cabinet today discussed the Governor's report as well as the Home Ministry note on the Jharkhand situation before taking the decision.

Jharkhand, which was created in 2000, has been placed under President's Rule twice.

The present political instability erupted on January 8 when BJP's ruling coalition partner JMM, in a letter to the Governor, formally withdrew its support to the government pushing it into a minority.

Relations between the BJP and JMM came under strain since the chief minister rejected that there was an agreement between the two parties on rotation of power after 28 months in office.

JMM supremo Shibu Soren, considered to be the wily old fox of Jharkhand politics, needs 42 votes to muster a majority for his party in the 82-member House, but it will be six short even after adding Congress and RJD votes.

The BJP and JMM have 18 members each in the Jharkhand assembly. The Congress has a total of 13 members.

Jharkhand has seen eight governments in the last 12 years. (ANI)

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