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Soren to continue as CM for now, says JMM

New Delhi/Ranchi, May 2
As political uncertainty in Jharkhand continued for the sixth day, JMM today asserted that Shibu Soren will stay on as the Chief Minister for now and described as very constructive talks with BJP leadership to end the impasse.

Soren, who is facing BJP’s ire after the JMM supported the Centre in the cut motions in Parliament, also has less than two months to meet the six-month deadline to get elected to the state Assembly.

“As of now Shibu Soren is the Chief Minister and will continue in that post... Our talks with the NDA leaders in Delhi were very constructive,” Hemant, Soren’s son and JMMLP leader said on arriving here after meeting the BJP leadership in Delhi to end the deadlock.

Hemant had on April 28 apologised to the BJP for Soren’s voting for the UPA in Parliament and the next day urged the BJP to form the government and said Soren was ready to quit.

“The discussions (between the JMM and the BJP in Delhi) were constructive. Further discussions will be held,” Agriculture Minister Mathura Prasad Mahato and HRD Minister Hemlal Murmu, who were among the JMM delegation led by Hemant to Delhi, said.

Asked whether Soren would contest a bypoll by June 30 deadline, Murmu said: “I think time for any such polls have lapsed. But every thing will be discussed among the coalition partners.”

All 18 JMM MLAs told to give letter of support

Wary of reported rebellion among JMM MLAs in Jharkhand, the BJP leadership has sought letters of support from the 18 JMM legislators to provide a stable BJP-led government in the tribal state, failing which the alliance will fall through.

The BJP has insisted that the JMM MLAs give their letters of support to the party by Tuesday. “Even if one of the 18 MLAs says he will not support a BJP-led government, we may decide not to form a government. We don’t want to give the impression that we are dying to form a government,” a BJP leader said. — PTI





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