JMM to explore possibilities to form government, Munda to resign

Ranchi, Jan 8 (ANI): After meeting Governor Syed Ahmad and handing letter of withdrawal of support, Jharkhand Mukti Morcha leader Hemant Soren said on Tuesday that his party will explore possibilities of forming new government in the state.

The legislators of the JMM led by senior leader Shibu Soren today met Governor Syed Ahmad to formally withdraw support to the BJP-led government in the state.

"We have withdrawn support and informed the Governor about it. We will make an effort to form the government," said Hemant Soren.

Shibu Soren handed the letter of withdrawal of support to the Governor on Tuesday. He announced withdrawal of support to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led Arjun Munda Government on Monday evening, reducing it to minority after talks between two the sides fail to reach an agreement.

The Jharkhand Cabinet, which met today, recommended dissolution of the Assembly in wake of the ongoing political crisis in the state.

The decision of the Cabinet was faxed to Jharkhand Governor Syed Ahmad on Tuesday. Chief Minister Arjun Munda is expected to meet the Governor at 11:30 am and hand over his resignation as his government was reduced to minority after withdrawal of support.

"We have recommended dissolving the Assembly and letter regarding this has been faxed to the Governor. The Governor has given time of 11:30 am to meet," Munda said on Tuesday.

The decision to pull out was taken after a meeting of JMM leaders at Ranchi even though Munda met JMM chief Shibu Soren and his son Hemant at their residence.

The latest development came after the BJP refused to bow down to the JMM's demands.

The JMM supremo who wanted the BJP to hand over the power to his political outfit, has called for an immediate change in the leadership.

Soren had earlier threatened the BJP that his political outfit would walk out of the alliance if the chief minister's post is not handed over to the JMM as a part of the deal under which the two parties had agreed to share it for 28 months each.

Both the JMM and the BJP have 18 MLAs each in the 81-member Jharkhand Assembly. If the JMM withdraws its support than the Munda government will fall.

Munda, whose 28-month tenure ends on January 10, had last week said he had in writing rejected the JMM's claim that there was a power sharing deal between the two parties and that the latter has to take a decision keeping the stability of the government in mind. (ANI)

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