New Delhi: The Congress high command has apparently asked its Jharkhand unit to refrain from hastiness in forming new government in the state.  

The development came in the backdrop of Jharkhand Chief Minister Arjun Munda submitting his resignation to the Governor. The Jharkhand Pradesh Congress seems to be keen to form alternative government in coalition with the Shibu Soren’s Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM). Both the parties held meeting in this regard. But their ambitions got shattered after Congress leadership showed no interest in it.

Shakeel Ahmed, the Congress party's in-charge of Jharkhand affairs, changed his tone after meeting Congress president Sonia Gandhi. After meeting party president, Ahmed said that the Congress is considering Presidential rule in the state as better option than forming an alternative government in the state.  

Earlier, Ahmed had suggested that the Congress would keep all the options open in the state.

Actually, Jharkhand Congress president Pradeep Balmuchu and Legislative Party leader Rajendra Prasad Singh along with other local leaders are in favour of forming government in the state. The local Congress leaders are of the view that the party is facing consequences of not being in power for last 12-years.

According to the sources, the Congress leaders met JMM and chalked out plan to form a new coalition government in the state. But the central leadership is reportedly opposed to it.

A senior Congress leader in Delhi said that the local leaders are mounting pressure but the Central leadership has so far not taken any decision in this regard. According to him, the party is divided over the issue and their bitter past experiences are not allowing them to take any decision in hurry.

JPN/Bureau

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