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MLA trio meet today

Ranchi, Feb. 5: The three disgruntled JMM MLAs, who had threatened to quit after the party did not name Sudhir Mahto’s widow Sabita for a Rajya Sabha seat, have started squirming again.

Mathura Prasad Mahto, Jagannath Mahto and Vidyut Baran Mahto said they were determined to give up their Assembly membership in protest against the “humiliation meted to the Mahto community by the party” and will meet in Ranchi tomorrow before calling on JMM supremo Shibu Soren.

Earlier, the three, who had offered their resignations on January 28, met Soren and his son and chief minister Hemant Soren on February 1.

“We could not go to Ranchi today because of the chakka jam. But, we will hold a meeting tomorrow to discuss our future action plan. As of now, we stand by our announcement to quit our Assembly membership. The date and time will be finalised soon,” declared Tundi MLA Mathura Prasad Mahto, who shared the dais with the Sorens at a function in Dhanbad last night.

Dumri MLA Jagannath Mahto, who was also present at the function, said no effort had been made by the JMM central leadership to end the deadlock. “We have learnt that Guruji is planning changes in the party organisation, including replacing the JMM legislature party leader (read Hemant Soren). If that happens, we will be bound to reconsider the decision to quit our Assembly membership,” he said.