Soren calls on parties to form government

Dumka, Feb. 2: In a written statement issued just before his party's much-touted midnight rally in Dumka today, JMM chief Shibu Soren reminded the Congress about values it should adopt in times of a political crisis like the one Jharkhand was facing at present.

In a tone that sounded slightly desperate, Soren said all political parties (read Congress) should come forward with a positive attitude to safeguard the democratic set up.

"All political parties should desist from making officialdom more powerful at the cost of the well-being of the masses," Soren said. Expressing concern over the prevailing political crisis, he said the JMM insisted on the formation of an alternative government not for its own political interest but for the larger interest of the state.

Explaining what prompted him to forge an alliance with the BJP, Soren said people gave a fractured mandate and forming a democratic government was the need of the hour. He added that the decision to withdraw support was prompted by neglect of issues related to the state's interests.

His statement did not mention anything about a power sharing arrangement with the BJP which was the main trigger behind the collapse of the alliance.

Soren said mid-term poll was the last option in democratic politics and elected legislatures had greater role to play in the formation of a popular government.

In a separate press statement, Hemant Soren, who has apparently taken control of the party, said: "JMM is ready for any eventuality (election) as it is the only party with a strong organisational base. It is high time to strengthen the party, which is a prerequisite for the development of Jharkhand."

Senior party leaders will address 20,000 odd party supporters at Gandhi Maidan during the midnight rally.

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