Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) on Saturday sought more time for the formation of an alternative government in the state.

JMM chief Shibu Soren, his son Hemant Soren and other leaders met Governor Syed Ahmad at 11.30 a.m.

“We had requested the governor to give us some more time for formation of the government in the state,” said Hemant Soren while talking to reporters here.

Mr. Soren returned here Friday night after meeting Congress leaders in Delhi. He said that the Congress would decide about the formation of an alternative government.

The 28-month BJP-led Arjun Munda government fell after JMM withdrew support Jan 8. The Munda cabinet had recommended dissolution of the state assembly.

The state Congress unit has yet to get concrete assurance from the Congress high command, say party sources.

Jharkhand Congress legislators and leaders are in favour of the formation of the alternative government.

JMM has been exploring the possibility of forming a government in the state with Congress backing.

Jharkhand Congress legislators, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and some independents could support an alternative government led by the JMM.

If such an agreement were to be arrived at, the Congress, RJD and independents, along with the JMM could attempt a coalition comprising 41 legislators.

PTI adds:

Jharkhand needs fresh elections: BJP

BJP’s State president Dineshanand Goswami on Saturday said fresh elections are the best and only option to prevent formation of a government based on horse-trading.

Reacting to JMM, Congress and RJD, which had met Jharkhand Governor Syed Ahmed today in Raj Bhawan to stake claim for formation of an alternative government in the State, Mr. Goswami said no political party or alliance has the majority to form an alternative government in the prevailing political scenario.

Mr. Goswami said if any new government is formed it will be based on horse-trading and will have to take the support of some tainted MLAs including those who were recently released on bail.

“Majority of the masses are in support of fresh elections to elect a popular, stable and development-oriented government,” the BJP leader claimed.

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