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Govt talks to begin after Jan. 14

Ranchi, Jan. 11: An alternative government, if any, will have to be formed in Jharkhand after January 14, the end of the inauspicious kharmas and by which time the governor is expected to initiate the exercise of talking to various political parties to explore alternatives.

JMM leaders, who spent the last few days in Delhi to seal a deal, were expected to return to Ranchi by this evening. While Hemant Soren and others were able to meet Congress general secretaries Ahmed Patel and Janardhan Dwivedi, they were unable meet the party leadership.

“I am on way to the airport. We will be clarifying our stand after reaching Ranchi. Formation of an alternative government is almost certain. But, working out the necessary modalities may take a little time,” Mathura Prasad Mahto, former land revenue minister, told The Telegraph over telephone.

Sources in the JMM and Congress claimed full-fledged attempts at forming a government would be initiated after the end of kharmas as important decisions are usually avoided during the months of Poush and Bhadrapad.

“We will be staking claim for forming an alternative government after getting the green light from the party high-command. We have conveyed our feelings to our party bosses. Now we are waiting for their final decision,” said senior Congress leader Rajendra Prasad Singh.

Earlier, a JD (U) delegation led by state president Kheeru Mahto met Governor Syed Ahmed and requested him to immediately dissolve the Assembly to eliminate the possibility horse-trading. He also demanded that the strength of Jharkhand Vidhan Sabha be increased to 150 to facilitate formation of stable governments in future.

Another delegation led by Jharkhand People’s Party president S.S. Besra urged the governor to clamp President’s Rule and recommend a CBI inquiry against Arjun Munda and his former ministerial colleagues for allegedly amassing wealth disproportionate to their known sources of income.

He also advocated strengthening of the institutions of Lokayukta and Vigilance Bureau for corruption free governance.

State president of Nationalist Congress Party Sachchidanand Singh, on the other hand, demanded that the next Assembly elections should be held on its due time.