Jharkhand heading towards mid-term polls?

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Jharkhand heading towards mid-term polls?
Jamshedpur, Apr 28: In the wake of the recent developments which led to the ruling Shibu Soren government losing the support from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Jharkhand Vikash Morcha (P) indicated that the state was heading towards a mid-term poll.

JVM (P) supremo and former chief minister Babulal Marandi said that a mid-term poll should be held as no party had a clearcut mandate.

Commenting on the Soren-BJP upheaval, Marandi said, “I will not accuse Soren alone, but the party which encourages such leaders."

With the BJP dumping him, Soren has no option but to gain majority in the state assembly to keep his position as the chief minister, and his party Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) in power.

While JMM won 18 seats in the Nov-Dec 2009 assembly polls, BJP combine had secured 20. The ruling JMM-BJP collision broke into pieces on Wednesday, Apr 28 as Soren voted for the Congress-led UPA government in the cut motion held on Tuesday Apr 27.

AJSU, which has five seats, is currently waiting for some communication from any party.

“We have learnt of the development. There has been no communication from any party. We are in a wait and watch mode," the party"s Vice—President Praveen Prabhakar told a news agency.

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