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BJP says bye to Soren
All set to withdraw support to JMM-led govt

Ranchi, May 23
Frustrated over the JMM backtracking on its power-sharing deal in Jharkhand, the BJP has decided to withdraw support to the Shibu Soren government tomorrow that it will plunge the state into another spell of political crisis.

"The BJP will withdraw support to the JMM government tomorrow," state BJP spokesman Sanjay Seth said tonight, a day after a defiant Soren asserted that he would continue as the Chief Minister of Jharkhand and was in touch with the Congress.

A BJP delegation, led by Jharkhand deputy chief minister Raghuvar Das, will meet Governor M O H Farrooq at 11.30 am tomorrow and hand over the letter of withdrawal of support to the JMM government, Seth said.

Ahead of their meeting, former BJP president Rajnath Singh will hold discussions with Arjun Munda, the chief ministerial candidate, and Das.

The BJP parliamentary board had on April 28 decided to withdraw support to the JMM government after Soren voted against the party-sponsored cut motion against the UPA government in the Lok Sabha a day earlier.

However, the decision was put on hold when JMM legislature party leader and Soren's son Hemant wrote a letter to BJP chief Nitin Gadkari, pledging support to a BJP-led government.

But, the JMM backtracked and demanded rotational power sharing with each party leading the government for 28 months. This was agreed to by BJP on the understanding that Soren would quit as Chief Minister by May 25 after which Munda will head the new coalition government.





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