BJP ministers in Jharkhand defy party central leadership
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Last Updated: Wednesday, May 05, 2010, 00:16
New Delhi: The BJP central leadership on Tuesday tried to come to grips with the defiance by its ministers in the Shibu Soren government in Jharkhand who attended a cabinet meet despite instructions not to do so.

"The decision of the central BJP leadership that our members in the Shibu Soren government will not attend the cabinet meeting could not be conveyed to the concerned leaders on time," Leader of the Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj said.

A meeting of the central leaders, including party president Nitin Gadkari, Swaraj, L K Advani and Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley was held yesterday evening to take note of the defiance and decide what action should be taken against the erring ministers.

Meanwhile, BJP remained firm on its stand that JMM should get letters of support from all its 18 MLAs before the party went ahead with forming a government.

"A decision either way--to go ahead with government formation or to withdraw support to Soren--is likely by Thursday," a senior BJP leader said.

He said the party was not open to any other JMM offer- like continuing with Soren as Chief Minister- and may prefer to withdraw support in case JMM Legislature Party leader Hemant Soren failed to bring on board all his party MLAs to back a BJP-led government.

Though BJP leaders were in touch with their Jharkhand unit as well as JMM, no formal meeting was held by the top leadership here today.


First Published: Wednesday, May 05, 2010, 00:16

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