Medininagar (Jharkhand): In a surprise attack on his own ruling coalition, Deputy Chief Minister Hemant Soren on Monday said developmental work was not moving in the state because of fractured mandate.

"I have recently toured Santhal Pargna (comprising six districts) and Palamau division (three districts), and saw there is no development. Jharkhand is now where it was 12 years ago (when it was formed)," he said in Jharkhand.

Expressing disappointment over lack of development, the son of JMM president Sibu Soren claimed that creation of small blocks and new districts would not help the process of development till a single party came to power with a majority.

"The reason for non-development is fractured mandate. If people give a majority (to a party to govern), development will take place," Soren said, adding Jharkhand Mukti Morcha, a constituent in the BJP-led coalition, was not "hankering for power".

Asked why his party continued in the coalition if it was not satisfied with the state's development, Soren said nobody desired early elections.

Soren's observation comes close on the heels of Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh expressing satisfaction in the progress of central projects in rural Jharkhand.

Ramesh visited the state on Saturday.

The JMM, the BJP, the Ajsu party and the JDU had stitched an alliance in September, 2010, headed by Arjun Munda.


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