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Soren word on support for UPA

Bokaro, Sept. 23: JMM supremo Shibu Soren today cast aside possibilities of his party withdrawing support from the Congress-led coalition government at the Centre, despite his opposition to allow FDI in retail and the diesel price hike.

The JMM — it has two MPs in the Lok Sabha — had earlier threatened to follow in the footsteps of the Trinamul Congress, whose ministers resigned on Friday after the party decided to withdraw support.

Soren also demanded a high-level probe into the scam over coal allotments, even as he claimed that the central government was heading in the right direction.

Addressing reporters at a function to observe the death anniversary of JMM founder leader Vinod Bihari Mahto near Bokaro aerodrome, he also expressed confidence that the state government would complete its five-year term.

Guruji, however, fended off queries about a likely change of guard within the ruling coalition in Jharkhand according to an agreement between the BJP and JMM to helm the regime for 28 months each.

On the lack of development in the state, Soren said, “The government cannot do everything on its own. People have to come forward and be aware of their rights.”

Soren said the visit of Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi to Bokaro on September 26 was aimed at strengthening the party in Jharkhand. “His father, Rajiv Gandhi, and mother Sonia Gandhi had also visited Jharkhand, but the support base of JMM is deep and cannot be dented by a visit of a leader from Delhi,” he said.