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MLAs shun committee

Ranchi, Dec. 18: Six out of the seven Independent MLAs supporting the JMM-Congress-RJD coalition government have decided not to join the co-ordination committee that was notified late last night.

The Independents have been accommodated in the nine-member committee, headed by Union rural development minister Jairam Ramesh, as special invitees.

“It’s too little too late. I don’t think I have much role in it,” Bandhu Tirkey said on the Assembly premises.

Agreed MCC MLA Arup Chatterjee. “The notification says that we will be invited to meetings of the committee if only our presence is required. We don’t want to be a showpiece,” he said.

Asked about the stand of Independent MLA from Jagannathpur Geeta Koda, who recently bagged the plum post of chairperson of Adityapur Industrial Area Development Authority, Chatterjee said: “We are in touch with her. I am confident that she will endorse our stand.”

The coordination committee will advise the government on policies and political matters. Apart from Ramesh, it has chief minister Hemant Soren, JMM MLA Dipak Birua, Congress president Sukhdeo Bhagat, state party in-charge B.K. Hariprasad, Congress minister Rajendra Prasad Singh, RJD MLAs Sanjay Yadav and Janardan Paswan besides chief minister’s political adviser Himanshu Shekhar Choudhary.

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