Governor Syed Ahmad’s day started today with a delegation of the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha led by Hemant Soren meeting him at 10.30 a.m.
After Hemant,whose party had sent a fax message to Ahmad last night at around 9.45 pm,informing him that the JMM had withdrawn support to the Arjun Munda government, handed him a letter toward the same end,the Chief Minister Arjun Munda met Ahmad and submitted his resignation letter at 11.30 a.m.
Subsequently,the decision of the state Cabinet presided by Munda,recommending the dissolution of the Assembly, was communicated to the Governor’s office.All of today,leaders of the JMM,BJP,JD(U) and All Jharkhand Students Union made a beeline to the Raj Bhawan,seeking his help to end the impasse.
The day ended with Ahmad exploring ways to find a way out of the crisis which has engulfed the state following the withdrawal of support to the BJP led government.
Essentially a Congress man,Ahmad is today with the Principal Secretary Aditya Swaroop,a senior IAS officer,who had become a pain in his neck.
So much so that Ahmad had sought his replacement.While Swaroop continued to officiate,the JMM is inclined to form the government with the support of the Lalu Prasad Yadav led Rashtriya Janata Dal,Congress led by Sonia Gandhi and Independents such as Gita Koda,wife of ex CM Madhu Koda,who is in jail on charges of corruption and fraud, ex ministers Enos Ekka and Hari Narain Rai,who were out of jail on bail on corruption charges.Each of these Independents led a party.
On the contrary,the BJP led coalition comprising JD(U) and AJSU want that the Governor Ahmad to dissolve the Assembly and pave the way for the mid term polls in Jharkhand.
The Munda government with support of four parties managed to survive for 28 months.Now,if JMM-Congress-RJD coalition was allowed to form the government,it will have to depend on half a dozen parties for survival.
Governor Ahmad ,who has asked Arjun Munda to continue as the caretaker chief minister till further order,has to take note of these facts before he takes a decision as per the established law.