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Guruji snubs MLA trio

Dumka, Feb. 2: JMM chief Shibu Soren seems to have taken a tough stand on three disgruntled MLAs, who have threatened to resign from the state Assembly in protest against the party’s move to support an RJD candidate in the Rajya Sabha polls.

Though RJD candidate Prem Chand Gupta, along with Independent Parimal Nathwani, has already been declared winner, the three JMM legislators — Mathura Prasad Mahto, Vidyut Varan Mahto and Jagannath Mahto — are refusing to budge.

Seemingly upset with their attitude, Soren said the party would not suffer if they stuck to their decision and ultimately resigned.

“Those who like my principles and way of work will stand by my side. But we cannot stop those who want to leave,” Soren told reporters at his Khijurya residence in Dumka today.

Interestingly, the trio, who offered their resignations to the JMM chief on January 28, met Soren and his chief minister Hemant Soren yesterday.

But, even after the hour-long meeting, they refused to withdraw their resignation, drawing a sharp reaction from the JMM supremo.

Soren, who was here for the party’s foundation day rally, discarded suggestions that the three MLAs’ move to quit would have any effect on the party’s performance in the coming elections.

“Electorate comprise people from all sections of society. They support the JMM for its principles, which are above any individual’s status and interest,” he claimed.

The three legislators are apparently upset over the party’s decision to not field Sabita, the widow of former deputy chief minister Sudhir Mahto, in the biennial.

The move has triggered resentment in the JMM fold with some leaders making it a matter of self-respect for the entire Mahto community.