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40 Jharkhand MLAs taken to Jaipur
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 27
In an effort to keep his flock together in the wake of disqualification petitions against several ruling side MLAs, Jharkhand Chief Minister Arjun Munda today took 40 of his NDA legislators to Jaipur immediately after landing at the airport here.

Facing a crisis following Opposition demand for disqualification of 13 ruling coalition MLAs, which can bring his government to the knees, Chief Minister told newspersons at the airport that there was no threat to his government.

The MLAs, who left for the Pink City by road, will visit Ajmer and Pushkar tomorrow before flying back to Ranchi.

The Chief Minister claimed that the Opposition UPA MLAs’ efforts to topple his government would fail and they would be thoroughly exposed in their “nefarious design”.

A senior Jharkhand minister said the NDA MLAs would offer “chadar” at the Ajmer Sharif Dargah.

When the short-lived Shibu Soren ministry was sworn-in on March 2 last year, 36 NDA and five Independent MLAs had flown to Jaipur fearing horse-trading by the rival camp.

The month of March appears to be jinxed for the NDA. On March 13, 2003, the then Chief Minister Babulal Marandi had to resign after seven coalition MLAs revolted against him, paving the way for Arjun Munda to take over at the helm.

On March 2, last year, the Governor invited JMM supremo Shibu Soren to head a shaky UPA alliance that forced the NDA MLAs to stay in Rajasthan for days.

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