Soren meets AJSU chief Sudesh Mahato ahead of floor test

Ranchi: Ahead of the May 31 trust vote, Jharkhand Chief Minister Shibu Soren on Thursday met Deputy Chief Minister and AJSU president Sudesh Mahato apparently to discuss how to prove majority in the state Assembly.

"The party-wise position in the 82-member House is such that nobody has the numbers... The dispute between the JMM and BJP has created such a situation... under these circumstances discussions are on," Mahato told reporters after the meeting.

Mahato, whose party has five MLAs, declined to divulge which way AJSU will vote during Soren's floor test as advised by Governor M O H Farooq after the JMM-led coalition was reduced to a minority when BJP withdrew support on May 24.

"Our party's Parliamentary board will meet tomorrow to take a final decision... as of now Guruji (Soren) is my leader and I am in his Cabinet," Mahato said.

JMM leader and state minister Hazi Hussain Ansari claimed the party was confident to sail through. "We will get the required figure of 42. Wait and see," he said when asked how they would get the numbers.

JMM's Central Committee secretary Suprio Bhattacharya expressed confidence about Soren's victory but refused to comment whether the JMM chief was banking on Congress.