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JMM invokes TMC’s maa-mati mantra

Ranchi, April 27: The JMM appears ready to embrace Trinamul Congress’s maa, mati, manush if that helps Hemant Soren-led government survive the majority test in the Assembly in the near future.

As the Lok Sabha elections are over in Jharkhand, the Opposition is gearing up to pull down the JMM-Congress-RJD coalition, which is currently surviving on the support of two TMC MLAs.

MLAs Bandhu Tirkey and Chamra Linda merged their parties — Jharkhand Janadhikar Manch and Rastrya Kalyan Paksh, respectively — with the TMC before the Lok Sabha polls. But, they continue to provide external support to the coalition government.

However, former Congress MLA Chandra Shekhar Dubey, who also joined the TMC and subsequently quit his Assembly membership, is mounting pressure on party colleagues Tirkey and Linda to either resign from the House or withdraw support to the Hemant government.

TMC supremo and Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, during her election campaigns in Jharkhand, said that her party might pull down the present government after the Lok Sabha election results.

Also, former JMM MLAs Hemlal Murmu and Bidyut Baran Mahto, who shifted allegiance towards the BJP before the polls, put the coalition government in a tight spot.

Quite aware of the current situation, the JMM is ready to go to any extent to appease the TMC or for that matter JD(U) to survive the next six months.

“We will go to any extent to fight for maa, mati, manush. It may mean keeping the TMC in good humour or seeking JD(U) support. However, I can assure you that there is no immediate threat to our government,” said JMM central committee member Supriyo Bhattacharya.

JMM leaders are trying to hobnob with JD(U) leaders Gopal Krishna Patar, alias Raja Peter, (Tamar MLA) and Sudha Choudhary (Chatarpur MLA), as a contingency plan.

The Opposition, on the other hand, is preparing its plan to corner the government in the House.

State BJP president Ravindra Rai said his party had already requested governor Syed Ahmed to either dismiss the government or ask the chief minister to prove majority on the floor.

“Our party will make fresh moves after the election results are announced on May 16. This government has no right to continue, he said.

A senior BJP leader, however, argued that the party should not make any move in haste.

“Apart from Dubey, Murmu and Bidyut Baran, 10 MLAs have contested the Lok Sabha polls. While six of them are supporting the government, the remaining four belong to the Opposition parties — 2 JVM and 1 each of BJP and Ajsu. Their victory will automatically have an impact on the composition of the Assembly,” he added.

The Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly, Arjun Munda, said he would discuss the issue with different parties before taking a concrete action.

“In any case the Assembly elections in Jharkhand are set to be held within six months or so. Now, we are busy with the ongoing Lok Sabha elections. An appropriate decision about the state politics will be taken at an opportune moment,” he added.