New Delhi: The Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (JVC), a regional party from Jharkhand, has formally withdrawn support to the Congress party-led- government at the center, as a mark of protest against certain recent policies that it termed as anti-people.
The president of the JVC, Babulal Marandi, said that the party had arrived at the decision after a meeting here, and had subsequently called on President Pranab Mukherjee to apprise him of their move.
In September, the government had hiked the fuel prices and allowed foreign direct investment in multi-brand retail, leading to nationwide protests from the opposition and UPA coalition partners.
"The government has been continuously taking anti-people decisions. The politics should be based on values. We have withdrawn our support to the federal government. Our party is ready to face electorates, if the government falls. I have repeatedly said that our party will maintain equidistance from the Congress as wells as the BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party)," said Marandi.
"We had announced on first October to withdraw support after a meeting of our party leaders. We formally did it today," added Marandi.
Consequently, key ally Trinamool Congress (TMC), which had 19 Members of Parliament, pulled out of the tipping the government into a minority.
The pullout of TMC and JVM is unlikely to topple the government as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh can count on two other powerful parties such as the Samajwadi Party (SP) and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) outside the coalition to prop it up.