'Dictator' Soren didn't consult party on ties with BJP: MLAs
Hazaribagh: Two senior JMM
MLAs, who were denied ministerial berths, today accused party
supremo and Jharkhand Chief Minister Shibu Soren of behaving
like a "dictator" and alleged that he did not consult its
leaders on alliance with the BJP.
"Soren did not even care to convene the JMM executive
body meeting to decide on the formation of coalition
government with the BJP and the AJSU and went ahead with the
formation of the government, behaving like a dictator," senior
JMM MLAs Simon Marandi and Teklal Mahato told a news
Alleging that Soren took the decision without consulting
party MLAs, the duo alleged that the party chief did not even
discuss the selection of MLAs while expanding his cabinet
"We have been ignored for ministerial posts despite our
seniority. I belong to the Christian Community and the first
JMM MLA to be elected in 1977. Teklal Mahato is a five-time
JMM MLA," Marandi said.
They alleged that Soren had asked them to accompany him
to the Raj Bhawan to take oath as their names were included in
the cabinet ministers list on Saturday.
"But when we reached there, Soren told us our names were
changed in the last minute. This also hurt us the most. So we
went away from the place."
The days of this government are numbered and it cannot
fulfil the desire of the people of Jharkhand and develop the
state, they claimed.
"We are watching the situation closely as we are in
favour of development of Jharkhand," they said adding that the
duo will take appropriate steps jointly at an opportune
"Many other party MLAs will also follow us," Marandi