‘Congress not to take hasty decision on Jharkhand govt formation’

New Delhi: Jharkhand could witness a brief spell of President's Rule with the Congress against taking any hasty decision on government formation in the tribal state where the Shibu Soren ministry was reduced to a minority after BJP withdrew support.

Congress sources Tuesday said the party was in "no hurry" to back any formation or take support from any grouping which is unstable and would later embarrass the party like what happened to the BJP.

"The Governor has given a week's time to Soren. Though informal talks have begun, we are not throwing our hat in the ring right now. There is no harm in President's Rule for a brief period," a senior party leader said.

He said that Rajya Sabha elections in the state next month would indicate the balance of power and also the mood of the MLAs and its result would be crucial for assessing the political situation.

Officially, the party maintained that "all possibilities" were open in the state for government formation.

"In politics all possibilities are open. Nothing can be ruled out," party spokesman Shakeel Ahmed said when asked if Congress will support Soren or any other candidate of JMM for the post of chief minister.

He said the Congress cannot give and take support from the BJP and other possibilities are being explored in consultation with the AICC in-charge of the state K Keshav Rao, PCC President Pradeep Balmuchu, CLP leader Rajendra Singh, the MLAs of the party and the allies.

"If elections are held now, the impact would be on the common people. Congress central leadership would work on the feedback from the leaders and then take a decision," he said.

In the 82-member Jharkhand Assembly, Congress has 14 MLAs while its ally JVM led by Babu Lal Marandi has 11. The JMM has 18 MLAs, same as BJP.