Jamshedpur: Senior JMM leader Hemant Soren on Monday said Jharkhand would have turned "worse" had JMM not withdrawn support from Arjun Munda-led coalition government.
    
In fact, there was no democracy in the state, which was being run by bureaucrats for last two-and-a-half years, Soren who was the deputy Chief Minister in the Munda government told reporters here.
    
"Has any development taken place during the last two-and- a-half years?" he asked justifying his party's decision to pull out of Munda-government.
    
To a query as to why JMM supported such a government for so long, Soren who is also son of JMM supremo Shibu Soren said, "Our sole intention was to see Jharkhand on the path of development. We have decided to withdraw support to protect the democratic set up as we did not want to compromise with the interest of the state," he said.
    
Asked whether a new government with Congress was possible in the near future, Soren said he had talks with senior Congress party leaders in this regard but refused to set any time to frame for it.

"It is true that we alone cannot form a government, keeping in view the fractured mandate," he said, adding, "We are not scared of election. We fought it alone in the past and are prepared to face election even now."

(Agencies)

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