Ranchi: The Jharkhand Mukti Morcha on Sunday dared the Bharatiya Janata Party to walk out of the Jharkhand government after the former sided with the United Progressive Alliance and voted for foreign direct investment in retail in parliament.
JMM MP Kameshwar Baitha voted for the Congress-led UPA government while MP Shibu Soren abstained from voting in the Lok Sabha. The motion against FDI in multi-brand retail was moved by the BJP. The JMM abstained in the Rajya Sabha voting.
The JMM supports the BJP-led government in Jharkhand. In April 2010, after Shibu Soren voted for the UPA government in the Lok Sabha on a BJP motion on price hike, the latter withdrew support to the JMM government.
"Let the BJP decide whether they want to be in the (Jharkhand) government or not. We have taken a stand on FDI," Deputy Chief Minister and JMM leader Hemant Soren said.
Shibu Soren had on several occasions said he supported the central government despite being allied to the BJP in Jharkhand. The BJP took power in Jharkhand with JMM's support in September 2010.