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Soren mum on power deal till January 6

Ranchi, Jan. 4: A day after chief minister Arjun Munda categorically said the BJP never had any power-sharing agreement with the JMM, the latter today iterated that it would make its stand clear on Sunday.

The regional outfit has scheduled twin meetings at party supremo Shibu Soren’s residence.

The 11-member core committee and executive body comprising 75 partymen will hold separate meetings. All JMM district presidents and secretaries are expected to be in attendance, senior leader and spokesperson Vinod Pandey maintained today.

A communiqué issued by JMM general secretary Supriyo Bhattacharya stated that the meeting would discuss issues related to the party organisation.

Pandey added that Soren would chair both the core committee and executive body meetings.

Chief minister Arjun Munda, on the other hand, kept himself busy disposing of files at Project Building for the better part of the day.

He also convened a meeting that was attended by the top brass including chief secretary S K Choudhary and development commissioner Debashish Gupta.

According to sources close to the chief minister, Munda tried to give a message that all is well amid the face-off with JMM. He also discussed the probable plan outlay of different departments besides their preparations for upcoming fiscal year budget.

He issued directives to take up proposed sewerage and drainage project for the state capital through state plan (with help from financial agencies such as Hudco, World Bank), empowerment of panchayats, distribution of CFL lamps among villagers, formation of an authority for better execution of Subernarekha Multipurpose Project, etc.

The chief minister’s deputy Sudesh Kumar Mahto, also the chief of Ajsu — the third main ally in the Munda government — today returned from Singapore after a family trip.

However, he also remained tight-lipped after alighting at Birsa Munda Airport. Sources said Mahto left for Silli, his home turf, in the evening, avoiding answers on the political turmoil.


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