Jharkhand stalemate continues, JMM leaders camp in Delhi for talks with Cong

Political uncertainty continued in Jharkhand Wednesday as political parties made a beeline to Raj Bhavan making their case for and against recommendation of President's rule.

While there were some news reports early in the day that Governor Syed Ahmed had recommended President's rule in the state and keeping the Assembly under suspended animation, Raj Bhavan denied it in the evening.

Aditya Swarup, principal secretary to the governor, said no such report had been despatched. "His Excellency sent only one report to the Ministry of Home Affairs last night, and it was a status report. No recommendation to impose President's rule has been made. The status report is a factual report, detailing the events of the day," he said.

A JMM delegation comprising its legislative party leader Hemant Soren and four other MLAs has been camping in Delhi since Tuesday night to meet senior Congress leaders for a possible power-sharing formula. Congress MP Subodh Kant Sahay, in fact, met Governor Syed Ahmed on Wednesday accompanied by two Independents, with all three asserting there was no need to hold fresh elections.

"The mandate that the people gave us lasts two more years. We will do everything possible to restore political stability," said one of the Independents, Bandhu Tirkey. Tirkey also met JMM president Shibu Soren earlier in the day. Along with the other Independent, Chamra Linda, he was scheduled to fly to Delhi in the evening reportedly to meet Congress leaders.

Sahay also questioned the fact that chief minister Arjun Munda resigned and recommended fresh elections to the governor on Tuesday before the JMM had formally withdrawn support. "The Cabinet's decision (to recommend polls) was mischievous. There is possibility of forming a new government. It is too early to discuss imposition of President's rule," he said.

However, the chances of a JMM-Congress alliance forming a stable government look remote. One of their possible partners, Babulal Marandi, president of the Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (Prajatantrik), met the governor and requested that fresh elections be held.

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