Vinay Kumar

NEW DELHI: Even as the Bharatiya Janata Party maintained a studied silence here over the political developments in Jharkhand where the Assembly poll results have thrown up a fractured verdict, Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) claimed on Friday in Ranchi that it would form the government under the leadership of its president Shibu Soren with the support of the BJP and the All Jharkhand Students Union (AJSU).

“The BJP and the AJSU have agreed to support the JMM,” party vice-president Hemlal Murmu was quoted as having said in agency reports from Ranchi.

The BJP won 18 seats and has a pre-poll alliance with the Janata Dal (United) which won two seats. The JMM has also bagged 18 seats and the AJSU sprung a surprise victory of five assembly seats, taking the total up to 43 in the 81-member House which is two more than the simple majority mark.

BJP sources said party president Nitin Gadkari and the former president, Rajnath Singh, held a meeting to discuss the political developments in Jharkhand.

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