J`khand Cong leaders meet Sonia, discuss govt formation issue

Congress leaders from Jharkhand today met Congress President Sonia Gandhi and discussed the possibilities of government formation in the state, which is under President`s Rule.

Updated: Jul 15, 2010, 21:13 PM IST

New Delhi: Congress leaders from Jharkhand
today met Congress President Sonia Gandhi and discussed the
possibilities of government formation in the state, which is
under President`s Rule.

The leaders met Gandhi and also apprised her of the
status of membership drive and organisational elections in the
state.

Sources in the party said that the membership drive in
the state was affected due to the naxal problem and the Party
President was informed of it.
AICC in-charge for the state K Keshava Rao, PCC chief
Pradip Balmuchu and CLP leader Rajendra Singh, who met Gandhi,
requested her to take a decision soon on either of the two
options of holding the election early or give a nod for the
formation of an alternative government there.

Sources in the party said that a number of JMM leaders
have pledged their support for a Congress-led government in
the state as MLAs from no party want a fresh election.

"There can`t be a state without a government but when
and with whom is the issue," was the refrain of Rao when asked
whether an alternative government is expected in the state.

"There are views for both the options of holding fresh
election as well as forming an alternative government. They
have their views but the decision will be taken by the High
Command," he said.

The state had come under President`s Rule after BJP
withdrew support to JMM chief Shibu Soren-led alliance
goverment after he voted for UPA during the cut motion brought
by the opposition in Parliament.

PTI

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