BJP to withdraw support to JMM govt

The BJP MLAs will on Thursday meet the Jharkhand Governor to formally withdraw support to the JMM govt.

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday deferred its threatened withdrawal of support to the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) government in Jharkhand over JMM’S vote in favour of the UPA on the cut motion in Lok Sabha.

As per reports, the BJP is eyeing the Chief Minister’s post in Jharkhand in view of the latest proposal from Shibu Soren’s son Hemant indicating that Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) chief Soren is willing to quit and allow the BJP to decide on a new leader.

"Shibu Soren is ready to resign if the BJP leadership thinks his voting against the cut motion has hurt it and BJP should review its decision to withdraw support to Jharkhand government," JMM chief’s son Hemant said in a press conference yesterday.

“JMM has also asked BJP to initiate forming a government under another leader if it thinks Soren has committed any mistake," he said.

Hemant is also reported a letter to BJP chief Nitin Gadkari asking him to reconsider the decision to end its alliance with the JMM.

However, senior state BJP leader and Deputy Chief Minister Ragubar Das said today that the party has not received any ‘official proposal’ from JMM.

Clearly, the BJP is in two minds. Although officially they are still firm on their decision to withdraw support but with its leaders not meeting Governor MOH Farookh at 11 am as scheduled to convey the party`s decision, it is clear that backroom parleys are on to find a ‘solution’.

Meanwhile, the BJP has asked all its Jharkhand MLAs to come to Delhi to take a final decision, even as the party’s core committee went into a huddle in the national capital to ponder over the issue.

The JMM legislature party is also expected to meet today to decide on Shibu Soren’s resignation and the way forward.

On the other hand, BJP MLAs in Jharkhand are waiting for a signal from the party High Command - if there is no breakthrough - to meet the Governor MOH Farooq and formally withdraw support to the Soren government.