NDA, JVM for Koda’s dismissal, fresh elections in Jharkhand (Lead)

August 18th, 2008 - 2:12 pm ICT by IANS  

A file-photo of Bharatiya Janata Party

Ranchi, Aug 18 (IANS) A delegation of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and the Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (JVM) Monday met Jharkhand Governor Syed Sibte Razi and demanded the dismissal of the Madhu Koda government and fresh elections in the state. The governor has summoned Koda Monday afternoon. “The Madhu Koda government has been reduced to a minority after the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) withdrew support. The minority government is disposing of files and holding a cabinet meeting. We have demanded the dismissal of the Koda government and fresh elections,” state Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president P.N. Singh told reporters after meeting the governor.

BJP also questioned the assembly session being convened between Sep 19 and 25.

“We were surprised how the governor convened the assembly session when JMM had sought time on Saturday,” said Singh.

The JVM were also in favour of polls.

“In the present political scenario there is only option … of elections. People’s mandate should decide who should rule the state,” said JVM president Babulal Marandi.

The governor, meanwhile, has summoned Koda Monday afternoon as he has refused to resign despite the JMM withdrawing support to his government Sunday evening.

The JMM supported the Koda government in 2006 after four independent, unattached legislators who were also ministers withdrew their support to the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government headed by Arjun Munda of the BJP.

Koda, one of the independent ministers who pulled down the Munda government, became the chief minister and Soren was made chairperson of state UPA steering committee.

Soren, who became chief minister for nine days after the assembly elections in 2005, nursed a dream of returning to the post. Last Tuesday, he staked his claim but Koda refused to step down.

Soren secured the backing of the Congress after supporting the Manmohan Singh government in the crucial parliament trust vote of July 22.

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