Koda returns from New Delhi; says no threat to govt

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Ranchi, Jan 18 (UNI) Winding up his three-day tour of New Delhi, Jharkhand Chief Minister Madhu Koda today returned here and asserted that there was no threat to his government.

Mr Koda had been under intense pressure since the past two months as he was given a deadline of 60 days by the Congress to either perform or perish.

The Chief Minister is leading a government backed by the UPA.

Mr Koda, during his stay in the national capital, submitted the progress report of his government to CWC member and in-charge of Jharkhand Ajay Maken.

On his return, the Chief Minister told reporters at the Birsa Munda airport here that he had also called senior Congress leader Oscar Fernandez. Besides, he had met RJD president Lalu Prasad to discuss the political scenario.

However, Mr Koda said he could not meet UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi.

Regarding the coming byelection to the Simaria Assembly seat, Mr Koda stressed the need for a common candidate from the UPA.

He said talks would be on to come at a consensus, though two candidates had filed nominations - one backed by the CPI(M), RJD and JMM and another by the Congress.

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