Presidentís rule likely as Arjun Munda quits, Congress wary

Arjun Munda

Hemant Soren may not face the going easy even within his own party should the chief ministership come to him. Four outgoing ministers of the party, including Health Minister Hemlal Murmu, have said they preferred fresh elections. "I think we should now go back to strengthening the party and get ready for fresh elections instead of trying to form another government," he said.

The JMM's attempts to form a new government are also driven by a desire to keep Babulal Marandi's Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (Prajatantrik) ó a natural enemy fighting for the same turf - away from a pre-poll alliance with the Congress.

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