Ranchi: Backed by five AJSU and two
independent MLAs, the JMM, which has 18 members in Jharkhand
Assembly, today appealed to the legislators of other parties
to listen to their "inner voice" and vote for Chief Minister
Shibu Soren during a trial of strength in the House tomorrow.
"In the interest of the state, to prevent imposition of
President`s Rule or mid-term polls, we appeal to all political
parties and their MLAs to listen to their inner voice and
conscience during the floor test," HRD Minister Hemlal Murmu
and senior JMM leader Champai Soren told reporters here.
In the 82-member Assembly, JMM needs 42 votes in its
Soren today chaired a meeting in which Deputy Chief
Minister Sudesh Mahto, his party MLAs and two independent MLAs
Murmu denied to comment when asked whether the appeal was
being made as talks with BJP or Congress had failed and the
magic figure was eluding Soren.
"We have arithmetic clear on our side based upon our
discussions with others," he claimed.
According to JMM legislator Champai Soren, five of All
Jharkhand Students Union (AJSU) and two independent MLAs --
Chamra Linda and Bidesh Singh, besides 18 of JMM have been
attending a series of meetings of the party since yesterday.
The Congress (14 MLAs) and Jharkhand Vikas Morcha-
Prajatantric (11 MLAs) have already made their position clear
saying any effort for a formation of government in Jharkhand
would be made only after the trust vote, which was
necessitated following withdrawal of support by the 18-member
BJP, on May 24.
JD-U, which has two MLAs, had also withdrawn support
along with BJP.
The strength of the other parties in the House is :
RJD-5, CPI-ML(L)-1, Marxist Coordination Committee-1,
Jharkhand Party-1, Jharkhand Janadhikar Manch-1, Independents-
2, besides a nominated MLA.
The lone CPI-ML-liberation MLA Vinod Kumar Singh has
already announced his decision to vote against Soren.