JMM withdraws support, Koda government in minority (Lead)

August 17th, 2008 - 9:14 pm ICT by IANS  

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Ranchi, Aug 17 (IANS) The Jharkhand government led by Madhu Koda was reduced to a minority in the state leguislature after the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) withdrew support to it Sunday evening. The 17 legislators of the Jharkhand Mukti Moracha met Governor Syed Sibte Razi and submitted their letter withdrawing support to the Koda government.

“The party legislators’ meet decided to withdraw support to the government. After legislators meet, the central committee meeting endorsed the decision,” said Sudhir Mahto, deputy chief minister and senior JMM leader.

“We will request Governor Syed Sibte Razi to initiate the process to form the next government in the state,” he said, adding that the options within the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) will be explored to form the government.

“If the UPA does not come out in support of the JMM, our options are open to go to others,” Mahto said.

WIth the JMM withdrawing its support, the Koda government enjoys support of only 24 legislators in the 82-member state assembly.

Main opposition National Democratic Alliance (NDA) has 35 legislators, including five suspended Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislators.

Koda, an independent legislator, became chief minister with the support of the Congress and the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), both part of UPA, and smaller parties as well as other independents.

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