RJD bats for a new government

Ranchi, Jan. 12: All parties made a beeline for Raj Bhavan today, aiming to let Governor Syed Ahmed know about their stand on the current political impasse, arguing in favour or against dissolution of the state Assembly.

While both JMM and Congress were the first to approach Ahmed, albeit separately, the RJD, Left parties and Ajsu made also independent representations before the governor, conveying their own set of opinions.

RJD, which is treading cautiously and is hoping for a deal between JMM and Congress, said clearly that the Assembly should not be dissolved and that President's Rule wasn't a good alternative.

"The Assembly should not be dissolved while President's Rule is not a good alternative in our view. For, this Assembly still has a tenure of two long years. We will support any effort of the JMM and Congress to form the next government in the state. But let them first come together," asserted RJD senior leader and Koderma MLA Annapurna Devi.

RJD, with five MLAs in the 82-member House, knows only too well that it is crucial for the JMM-Congress to get its support. The party is keeping a close watch on the developments.

"We are always here for a secular government," she added.

A delegation of Left parties also called on the governor in the afternoon, requesting him to dissolve the Assembly and look for a fresh mandate from the people of Jharkhand. "The government formed on the basis of horse-trading will not serve any purpose. Instead of other options like clamping President's Rule, keeping the Assembly under suspended animation, we demand dissolution of the House. Any government built on opportunistic alliances will not be stable," a joint memorandum submitted by CPI-M, CPI-ML, CPI, MCC and All India Forward Block said.

There are two MLAs owing allegiance to Left parties. They are CPI (ML)'s Vinod Singh, who has always preferred to sit in the Opposition benches irrespective of which coalition is in power, and Marxist Co-ordination Committee (MCC) legislator Arup Chatterjee.

Ajsu, which has always been in government irrespective of alliances, has also demanded dissolution of the Assembly and go for a fresh mandate. A delegation led by former deputy chief minister Sudesh Kumar Mahto met the governor in the afternoon to convey its views officially.

The JMM has sought more time to form a next government, while Congress MLAs also apprised the governor that they were against dissolution of the Assembly or imposition of President's Rule.

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