New Delhi/Dhanbad: Amidst ongoing crisis in the state politics, Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (Prajatantrik) chief Babulal Marandi on Monday favoured mid-term polls in the state making it clear that his party would support neither JMM nor the BJP in their bids to retain power in the state.

According to Marandi, mid-term election was the only alternative left for the state.

The state is witnessing a political crisis after the Shibu Soren-led JMM pulled out of the BJP-JMM coalition government led by Arjun Munda on Monday. The withdrawal of support on Monday has reduced the state government to a minority in the 81-member assembly.

Marandi also alleged that the JMM was willing to back Arjun Munda to continue for the rest of the term if the former was given cash worth Rs 100 crore and portfolios like home, mines, power, irrigation, public works and rural development.

With Marandi insisting on dissolution of the assembly paving ways for mid-term elections, there is little scope of an alternative government in the state.

He also maintained distance with the Congress, with which it had forged an alliance during the 2009 assembly polls.

Meanwhile, Leader of Opposition in the assembly, Rajendra Prasad Singh, hoped that elections could be avoided. He said Soren had helped Congress at the Centre in the past and hence they would like to reciprocate.

According to sources, Congress state president Pradip Balmuchu had on Monday met Sonia Gandhi in New Delhi and briefed her about the latest political situation in the state.


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