JMM non-committal on Soren contesting bypoll
Ranchi: JMM on Tuesday remained non-committal on
whether Chief Minister Shibu Soren would contest the mandatory
bypoll to enter the assembly but said his government was safe
and would continue as the party did not want another spell of
President's rule or mid-term poll in the state.
"We have left the decision (on the bypoll) on Guruji
(Soren). It is his wish, whether to contest or not," JMM
leader and Jharkhand HRD Minister Hemlal Murmu told reporters
Soren, JMM MP from Dumka, had assumed power in December
with support from BJP following a fractured mandate and is
required to win a bypoll to enter the house by June end.
"The alliance government is safe and will continue. The
dialogue process among the alliance partners will also
continue on all matters," he said, adding, the decision on
JMM-led government continuing was taken unanimously by JMMLP.
Sidestepping a query on Soren's son and JMMLP leader
Hemant's April 29 letter to ally BJP saying his father would
quit from his post if the party desired to allow a leader of
its choice to head a future coalition, Murmu said everything
would be discussed "as and when required" during the process
Soren had shocked all when he sided with the UPA during
the vote on cut-motions on the Finance Bill in Parliament in
spite of his party's alliance with BJP in Jharkhand.
Following this, BJP initially announced its withdrawal of
support to the JMM but put it on hold.