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Marandi against coalition govt

Ranchi/Dumka, Jan. 8: The JVM is strongly opposed to the formation of an alternative government in Jharkhand and would prefer the Opposition’s chair to a role in cobbling up another coalition, party supremo Babulal Marandi said today.

Marandi, who joined students at SP College today in Dumka to celebrate the post-harvest tribal festival of Sohrai — more visibly to rejoice over the fall of the Arjun Munda government — told The Telegraph his party stood by its demand that the Assembly be dissolved immediately.

The JVM chief’s call for dissolution of the Assembly echoed that of his rival Munda. Marandi’s contention was that if fresh elections were held, possibilities of horse-trading would be eliminated.

Jharkhand has been notorious for underhand dealings for formation of coalition governments and during Rajya Sabha biennials, he said, adding the governor should not repeat the same mistakes.

He opined the Assembly should have been dissolved immediately after the BJP withdrew support to the Shibu Soren government in May 2010.

But the House was kept under suspended animation. The governor waited for about a week to enable parties or alliances to stake claim for forming an alternative regime. Then President’s Rule was enforced and after four months or so, the Munda government was formed, he pointed out.