'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 conference here.

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 recently.

"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 moment.

"Many other party MLAs will also follow us," Marandi said.