Ranchi, Ja.12 (ANI): Leaders of the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) met Jharkhand Governor Syed Ahmad on Saturday and staked a claim to form the next government in the state.

"We told the Governor there is scope to form a new government in Jharkhand and requested him to give us some time to prove our majority," JMM leader Hemant Soren said.

The JMM, which pulled out of its coalition government with the BJP last week, may look to the Congress for support, but has got no assurance so far.

Congress leaders too called on the Governor today.

The JMM has 18 members in the 81-member Jharkhand Assembly and the Congress 13.

Top JMM leaders, led by Mr Soren, had been in Delhi on January 9 to meet Congress leaders and try and stitch together an alliance.

The JMM would prefer a tie-up with the Congress to keep Babulal Marandi's Jharkhand Vikas Morcha away. It also wants the chief minister's post for Hemant Soren. But the Congress is wary of the JMM's poor record in keeping coalitions working.

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


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