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Munda-led Cabinet recommends dissolution of Jharkhand Assembly

Ranchi, Jan 8 (ANI): The Jharkhand Cabinet, which met today, has recommended dissolution of the Assembly in wake of the ongoing political crisis in the state.

The decision of the Cabinet was faxed to Jharkhand Governor Syed Ahmad on Tuesday. Chief Minister Arjun Munda is expected to meet the Governor shortly.

The legislators of the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha are also slated to meet Governor Syed Ahmad on Tuesday to formally withdraw support to the BJP-led government in the state.

Shibu Soren’s Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) withdrew support to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led Arjun Munda Government on Monday evening, reducing it to minority after talks between two the sides fail to reach an agreement.

The decision to pull out was taken after a meeting of JMM leaders at Ranchi even though Munda met JMM chief Shibu Soren and his son Hemant at their residence.

The latest development came after the BJP refused to bow down to the JMM’s demands.

The JMM supremo who wanted the BJP to hand over the power to his political outfit, has called for an immediate change in the leadership.

Soren had earlier threatened the BJP that his political outfit would walk out of the alliance if the chief minister’s post is not handed over to the JMM as a part of the deal under which the two parties had agreed to share it for 28 months each.

The BJP had, however, had downplayed Soren’s threat to withdraw support to the Arjun Munda-led coalition government in Jharkhand on Monday, saying it is the democratic process that matters and no compromise will be made with principles and promises.

Both the JMM and the BJP have 18 MLAs each in the 81-member Jharkhand Assembly.

If the JMM withdraws its support than the Munda government will fall. Munda, whose 28-month tenure ends on January 10, had last week said he had in writing rejected the JMM’s claim that there was a power sharing deal between the two parties and that the latter has to take a decision keeping the stability of the government in mind. (ANI)