New Delhi: Political uncertainty continues to grip Jharkhand with Congress keeping up the suspense on Thursday even as JMM and independents urged it to play the role of a "guardian" to pave the way for an alternative government.

JMM leader Hemant Soren, who was Deputy Chief Minister in the outgoing Arjun Munda government, today had a meeting with AICC in-charge for the state Shakeel Ahmed at an undisclosed location here.

The meeting, however, failed to come up with any concrete proposal apparently due to Congress being in double mind on tying up with the Sibu Soren-led party at this juncture.

Two indpendent MLAs Bandhu Tirkey and Chamara Linda also met the Congress leader at the party headquarters to allay apprehensions that independents may create trouble in formation and functioning of any alternative dispensation.

Soren as well the independent MLAs are learnt to have urged Congress to "play the role of a guardian" and help form the next government in the state as "Jharkhand had suffered under President Rule twice".

Jharkhand Governor Syed Ahmed has already submitted his report to the Centre after the fall of Munda government in which he is learnt to have recommended central rule and keeping the state Assembly under suspended animation.

Home Minister SushilKumar Shinde said, "We have received the preliminary report. The Governor has to see the constitutional provisions. He has to assess whether anybody can form a government or not and then he will submit the report".

Indications from AICC are that the major chunk of the party including party chief Sonia Gandhi is reluctant to "meddle into the messy Jharkhand affair" after the party having burnt its finger in past by propping up a government led by Madhu Koda.


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