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Soren to continue as CM: Hemant
Ranchi/Chennai, May 2 (IANS/PTI):
Published on 2 May. 2010 11:47 PM IST
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With his fate still hanging in the balance, Jharkhand Chief Minister Shibu Soren Sunday went back to work by clearing files in his office and inspecting a road. “Guruji (Shibu Soren) inspected an under-construction four-lane road at Pijthoria (outskirts of Ranchi). He also attended his office,” Safiq Ansari, Soren’s press advisor, told IANS.
A day after a marathon meeting in New Delhi between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) and allies on forming an alternative government ended in a stalemate, Soren went back to his official duties.
It was decided at the meeting that Shibu Soren will remain at the helm till a decision is arrived at.
According to sources, the JMM wants a graceful exist for Shibu Soren and the party is insisting that he be allowed to continue till June 30. Shibu Soren, a Lok Sabha MP, is not a member of the state assembly. He can remain chief minister till June 30.
However, the BJP is against the proposal and wants new arrangements, the sources said.
“We have agreed to meet again to evolve a consensus on the political situation of Jharkhand,” Hemant Soren, son of Shibu Soren and JMM general secretary, told reporters in New Delhi after the meeting Saturday night.
Jharkhand is facing political uncertainty since April 28 after the BJP decided to withdraw support to the Soren government after the chief minister voted against the party’s cut motions in parliament. However, the party on April 30 decided to put on hold the decision and started exploring the possibilities of forming a new government in the state.
The BJP summoned the leaders of the JMM and other coalition partners All Jharkhand Students Union (AJSU) and Janata Dal-United (JD-U) to New Delhi for a meeting Saturday.
BJP to take decision on tomorrow
Amid efforts to break the stalemate over government formation in Jharkhand, BJP today said it would take an ‘appropriate decision’ tomorrow on forming the ministry with JMM support.
“There is no confusion in our party. Our parliamentary board has already decided to withdraw support to JMM. Subsequently, JMM gave a proposal that they will support us to form a government. A final decision will be taken tomorrow in this regard,” Party leader Venkaiah Naidu told reporters here.
The BJP on Wednesday withdrew its support to the four month-old Shibu Soren government when the Chief Minister voted against the cut motion in Lok Sabha. The BJP, however, put on hold its decision after Shibu’s son Hemant, who is now playing a key role in talks between the two parties, wrote a letter to party chief Nitin Gadkari expressing support to a BJP-led ministry.
To a question on Union Fertilizer Minister M K Alagiri’s irregular attendance during Parliament proceedings, Naidu said since he (Alagiri) was a Union Minister, he should attend the Parliament regularly.
“He is free to speak in which ever language he desires and there are translators to do translation. I don’t know what his concerns are,” Naidu said.
On alleged telephone tapping of some political leaders, Naidu said it was ‘unethical’ and against the fundamental rights guaranteed by the Constitution. “The magnitude of the issue is such that it affects the Constitutional guarantee of privacy and is misuse of power for political purposes”. Naidu said the UPA government had become a minority government but for the support extended temporarily by the Bahujan Samaj Party during the cut motions.
Marandi ready to form govt in Jharkhand
Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (Prajatantric) chief Babulal Marandi on Sunday said his party is ready to form the government and end ‘political uncertainty’ in the state if secular forces support it.
“JVM-P will never back out from taking responsibility if the secular forces give us support,” the former chief minister said, hinting at JMM which has 18 MLAs.
The Congress, which has 14 MLAs, is JVM-P’s pre-poll ally. JVM-P has 11 MLAs in the House which has an effective strength of 81.
Accusing BJP of ‘laying the foundation for political instability’ in March 2003 by replacing him with Arjun Munda as chief minister, Marandi, who had snapped ties with the party three years later to float JVM-P, said “BJP has once again pushed Jharkhand to political uncertainty and it will have to pay for it in future.”
The series of political uncertainties in the state since its creation had affected development works, he said.
“Bureaucrats stop working during uncertain political situations and Jharkhand has faced such instability several times,” Marandi said.

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