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No scope for alternative govt in J'khand: Naidu

Written by: Staff

New Delhi, Sept 14: Conceding defeat of the Arjun Munda-led NDA government in the Jharkhand Assembly, the BJP today said there is no scope for any alternative and said it would play the role of effective opposition in the state assembly.

Reacting to the developments in the Jharkhand Assembly, senior BJP leader M Venkaiah Naidu, handling the Jharkhand crisis on behalf of the party, said it was evident that the government had lost its majority because four former Independent Ministers were lured to the other side.

The forces led by JMM, Congress and RJD was a 'disparate and divided group' and they had nothing in common, He alleged.

''Even if they prove majority, it will be a hotch-potch coalition which will not last. They will soon get exposed,'' he added.

Mr Naidu said the mandate in the previous Assembly elections 18 months ago was for the BJP-Janata Dal (U) coalition who had together won 37 of the 81 seats. After getting support from four Independents, the government had provided the best administration in the given circumstances. ''People complained about the functioning of the Independents and the CM was bound to intervene. When that happened, the Independents shifted to the other side,'' Mr Naidu alleged.

He said the Independents, even last night, came up with 'certain conditions' for them to extend support to the government. The BJP rejected their conditions and the result was for everyone to see.

Asked if the BJP was disappointed about Jharkhand Assembly Speaker Inder Singh Namdhari not declaring his verdict on the issue of the disqualifiction petition of three MLAs, Mr Naidu said the party had absolutely no complaints against the Speaker.

''He is an independent authority. If he feels that some more time was required to decide on such complicated matter, one has to abide by his wisdom,'' he added.


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