BJP to vote against Soren if he seeks trust vote: Sinha
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Last Updated: Tuesday, May 25, 2010, 21:01
Ranchi: BJP will vote against the Shibu Soren government if it takes the floor test instead of resigning, senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha said Tuesday.

"If Chief Minister Shibu Soren seeks vote instead of resigning, BJP will vote against his government," he told reporters at the airport here.

BJP, which has 18 members in the 82-member Assembly, had yesterday withdrew support to the nearly five-month-old government reducing it to a minority.

The JD(U), which has two MLAs, also withdrew support to the government. The Soren government now has the support of 25 MLAs, including 18 of its own, five of the AJSU and two others.

Following the development, Governor M O H Farooq asked Soren to prove his majority on the floor of the Assembly by May 31.

BJP leader Raghuvar Das, who had been asked by Farooq to furnish signatures of all BJP MLAs in the withdrawal letter, has convened a legislative party meeting tomorrow to collect them.

"Some MLAs are out of station and will come tomorrow ... Reports that a number of them are unhappy over the withdrawal of support are not true," BJP state unit spokesman Sanjay Seth said.

"The decision to withdraw support was made by the central leadership and is final," he said.

JMM leader Suraj Mandal denied reports of BJP national general secretary and party's chief ministerial candidate Arjun Munda meeting Soren during the day.

Meanwhile, independent MLA Bidesh Singh said in Palamau that he would vote for Soren during the floor test. "I have all along been with Guruji (Soren) and will remain with him."


First Published: Tuesday, May 25, 2010, 21:01

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