Congress maintains wait-and-watch stand on Jharkhand developments

Last Updated: Monday, January 7, 2013 - 23:11

New Delhi: Congress is maintaining a wait-and-watch attitude over the political developments in Jharkhand where the Arjun Munda government has been reduced to a minority following JMM`s decision to withdraw support to it.
Senior leader Shakeel Ahmed, who is in-charge of Congress affairs in Jharkhand said "we are keeping an eye on the developments in Jharkhand after the fall of the BJP-led government. Congress will take stock of the situation and decide its future course of action."

Ahmed insisted that until the Chief Minister resigns "we have nothing to do with the development."

In a new twist to the tussle for power between two allies, JMM today decided to withdraw support from the BJP-led government in the state.

JMM leader and Deputy Chief Minister Hemant Soren said the decision taken at the party`s executive committee meeting was "unanimous" and taken after talking to several BJP leaders, including its Jharkhand affairs in-charge Dharmendra Pradhan.

In the 82-member state assembly, BJP and JMM have 18 members each and the Munda government enjoys the support of six members of All Jharkhand Students` Union, two of JD (U), two independents and one nominated member who has voting right in trial of strength.

Opposition Congress has a total 13, Jharkhand Vikas Morcha(P)11 and RJD 5 members in the assembly.

PTI



First Published: Monday, January 7, 2013 - 23:11

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