Focus on govt formation only after Soren's trust vote: Marandi



Ranchi: Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (Prajatantric) on Saturday said its pre-poll alliance with Congress was "rock-solid" and any decision on government formation would be taken only after the May 31 trust vote by Chief Minister Shibu Soren.

"We are pre-poll allies and consultations are on. Only after May 31 can we think it over," JVM(P) chief Babulal Marandi said when asked whether he was exploring any possibility of government formation.

Congress has 14 MLAs in the 82-member Assembly, while JVM(P) has 11.

Marandi, a former chief minister, claimed that Soren would not be able to prove his majority on the floor of the Assembly as directed by the Governor after BJP withdrew support from the coalition on May 24.

He said if his alliance came to power it would order a probe into the wealth of all former and incumbent ministers "to know the unaccounted money that changed hands during fall and transfer of governments all these years."

"All parties have had a role in the political instability in Jharkhand ever since my government was dethroned in 2003," Marandi alleged.

PTI