Cong,RJD ask Soren to quit,BJP rules out ties with JMM

Both the Congress and the RJD on Friday communicated to JMM chief Shibu Soren to resign...

J P Yadav & Suman K Jha | Published: January 10, 2009 1:47 am

Both the Congress and the RJD on Friday communicated to JMM chief Shibu Soren to resign from the chief minister’s post after his humiliating defeat in the bypoll. It is expected that Soren will reach Ranchi on Saturday and tender his resignation after a meeting of his party.

Soren,who reached here on Thursday night,held talks with RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav and AICC in-charge Ajay Maken in an effort to tide over the crisis arising out of his defeat. Sources said that Maken communicated to Soren the Congress president’s view and asked him to resign without any delay.

Soren first met Maken and then Lalu and it was learnt that he fervently tried to sell the idea of his contesting a second time from Jamtara Assembly constituency. Rebel BJP MLA Bishnu Bhaiya resigned from the seat on Friday and invited Soren to contest. The idea was,however,rejected by both the Congress and RJD. Soren also tried other options but was

told clearly that he has to resign first.

Emerging after his meeting with Maken,Soren,however,tried to rule out his resignation and said that he could contest a second election. Asked whether he would contest from Jamtara,he said: “Why not? I will contest.” The JMM chief’s mood had to take a beating after the meeting with Lalu. Sources said Lalu was interested in getting Madhu Koda installed as chief minister once again,but Soren rejected the offer.

A desperate JMM on Friday approached the BJP top brass “to explore various options” to form an alternate government in Jharkhand. The BJP top brass that met at NDA prime ministerial candidate L K Advani’s residence late on Friday,however,firmly ruled out any truck with the party,saying that it would continue to play the role of “an active opposition” in the state.

“With a credible leadership as our USP for the next election,and good governance as our main plank,there’s absolutely no question of having any truck with the JMM,” said a senior BJP leader.

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