The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday withdrew its support to the nearly five-month-old Jharkhand Mukti Morcha-led government in Jharkhand reducing it to a minority, following which Chief Minister Shibu Soren was asked by the Governor to prove his majority on the floor of the Assembly by May 31.

Mr. Soren was summoned by Governor M. O. H Farooq this evening after BJP leader and Deputy Chief Minister Raghuvar Das handed over a letter withdrawing his party’s support to the government, Raj Bhavan officials said. He has been given a week’s time to prove his strength in the House.

With 14 MLAs, Congress saw a possible role in the formation of a stable government. “We are watching the developments. We are putting our minds together to save Jharkhand from collapse,” Congress in-charge for the State K. Keshav Rao told reporters in New Delhi.

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