Jharkhand Cong leaders meet Sonia Gandhi

With political uncertainty continuing in Jharkhand, state Congress leaders today met party President Sonia Gandhi and briefed her on the developments in the tribal state.

Last Updated: May 27, 2010, 20:18 PM IST

New Delhi: With political uncertainty
continuing in Jharkhand, state Congress leaders today met
party President Sonia Gandhi and briefed her on the
developments in the tribal state.

"We are for a popular government in the state, not for
President`s rule," PCC President Pradeep Balmuchu told
reporters after meeting Gandhi.

AICC in-charge of the state K Keshava Rao was evasive on
the meeting and the formula for government formation only
saying that Congress is "approaching the issue with a positive
frame of mind".

Sources said that while the meeting pertained to the
Rajya Sabha elections in the state, the leaders also discussed
the possibility of Congress forming the government in alliance
with Babu Lal Marandi-led Jharkhand Vikas Morcha and Soren`s
Jharkhand Mukti Morcha.

Asked about the role of the party in government
formation, Congress spokesman Manish Tewari merely said, "From
the beginning we have maintained that the larger interest of
the people of the state should be kept in mind while taking
any decision."

Criticising the BJP, Tewari said it did everything to
remain in power in the state. He said there was no governance
there.

Asked whether the party will seek support of the JMM to
form the government, he said, "we will do whatever is
necessary for the larger interests of the people of the
state".

Party sources maintained that they will wait till May
31, the last date given to Soren by the Governor to prove his
majority and then take a decision on the next course of
action.

"Wait till May 31. We are a dynamic party and will
respond to the emerging situation," a party source said,
indicating that a brief spell of President`s rule with
assembly in suspended animation was not ruled out to thrash
out an amicable formula.

In the 82-member Jharkhand Assembly, Congress and JVM
have 25 members while the JMM has 18. If all the three parties
combine, the tally goes to 43, a comfortable majority to form
the government.

PTI