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Sahay meets governor

Ranchi, Jan. 9: Senior Congress leader and former Union tourism minister Subodh Kant Sahay, who called on Governor Syed Ahmed today, indicated that the Congress would not rush into forming a government in Jharkhand.

Sahay, who visited Raj Bhavan in the afternoon, said, “Our focus is not to somehow form a government. We are sitting in the Opposition for the better part of the last 12 years. JMM has supported us on several occasions in the Centre, but we are not in a hurry to form/support a government here.”

The Ranchi MP expressed his concern that stability and development has been missing in Jharkhand ever since its formation. “It is high time the people of the state deserved better treatment,” he told The Telegraph.

Sahay dropped enough hints that a final decision on the alternative government would be taken only in Delhi. But he requested the Governor to “reject the recommendations of the caretaker government of Arjun Munda for dissolution of the Assembly” as efforts were on to explore various avenues to form another government.

Congress which supported governments led by Madhu Koda and Shibu Soren (once) was treading carefully this time so that public sentiments don’t turn against it.

“The Congress has a big responsibility to give a stable government which can ensure all round development. We will not compromise on this,” he added.

A close aide of Sahay indicated the former minister would be leaving for Delhi by late this evening.

Senior JMM leader and central committee member Supriyo Bhattacharya also exuded confidence that President’s Rule, if imposed in the state, would be a stopgap arrangement and that they would be providing a outline of an alternative government in a week or so.

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