BJP-JMM Govt will not last more than a year: Cong

BJP-JMM combine is likely to get nod for formation of a government in Jharkhand tomorrow with Congress indicating that it wants the political process to play itself out and feels the coalition will fall apart within a year.

New Delhi: The BJP-JMM combine is likely
to get the nod for formation of a government in Jharkhand
tomorrow with Congress indicating that it wants the political
process to play itself out and feels the coalition will fall
apart within a year due to internal contradictions.

"If they (BJP-JMM) form a government, it will not last
more than one year given the internal contradictions of their
alliance and their past record. They will muddy the water so
much in this period that Congress would emerge as the natural
choice of the people when elections are held thereafter," a
senior party leader said on condition of anonymity.

Asked why Congress did not go for forming a government
with JMM, the leader said there is a trust deficit with JMM.

"Even if we had formed the government with them, there is no
guarantee of its stability. JMM is a party in total drift. The
father says something, the son something else. Nobody knows
whom to talk to and who commands the party," the leader said.

Congress sources said that the dissolution of the
state assembly has been ruled out as the feedback from the
state indicates that there would not be much of a change in
the existing fractured composition of the assembly even after
fresh elections.

"Let them (BJP-JMM) expose themselves. We will fill
the vacuum thereafter," the source said.

AICC in-charge of the state, K Keshav Rao said, "it is
the discretion of the government whom to invite for government
formation".

Rao said people have seen the JMM-BJP government
earlier also and Congress was not interested in playing any
role.

Earlier in the day, Congress Core Group headed by
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh took stock of the situation in
Jharkhand.

In the meeting of the Core Group, which lasted for
over an hour, Home Minister P Chidambaram is learnt to have
briefed Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress President
Sonia Gandhi on the situation in the state and options before
the UPA in the wake of BJP and JMM tying up to form a
government there.

Both the parties are tying up again after splitting
three months back following cross voting by JMM chief Shibu
Shoren in Lok Sabha during cut motions in the Budget session
in April brought by BJP and Left parties.

Congress, which has 14 MLAs and its ally JVMP 11 MLAs
in a House with an effective strength of 81, has so far been
reluctant to go for any alternative government formation in
the state.

-PTI

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