Congress blames BJP for Jharkhand political scenario

With Jharkhand coming under the Central rule after political parties failed to form an alternative government, Congress on Tuesday alleged that BJP`s lust for power led to the current situation.

Last Updated: Jun 01, 2010, 21:52 PM IST

New Delhi: With Jharkhand coming under the
Central rule after political parties failed to form an
alternative government, Congress on Tuesday alleged that BJP`s lust
for power led to the current situation.

The party also stressed the need for a democratically
elected government in the state, but added it is not in a
hurry to initiate fresh efforts for forming a government.
"BJP is responsible for the situation (Central rule) in
the state due to their lust for power. Its insistence that the
Chief Minister should be from that party pushed the state into
this situation," Congress spokesperson Shakeel Ahmed told PTI.

"Though Congress believes that the best political
arrangement is a democratically-elected government, it did not
go for it because Congress-JVM (P) alliance did not have the
requisite numbers," he said.

Noting that the NDA ruled Jharkhand for close to eight
years since the state was formed in 2000, Ahmed said the BJP
"has to be blamed for the sorry state of affairs."

Asked whether the party would explore the chances of
forming an alternative government in the state, another
Congress leader said on the condition of anonymity that this
cannot be ruled out but caution will be the key word given the
flip-flops of political alignments in the tribal state.
"Congress was not, is not and will not be in a hurry to
form a government there," said an AICC functionary when asked
whether the party can make any such move after the conclusion
of the coming Rajya Sabha elections in the state.

There are also talks that the party may suspend its
efforts to form a government there till the conclusion of
Bihar Assembly elections, likely to be held in a few months.
"This will give the party flexibility in choosing its allies,"
he said.

President Pratibha Patil earlier in the day accepted a
recommendation of the Union Cabinet for Central rule after
Congress and BJP gave up efforts to form an alternative
government in the state following the resignation of Chief
Minister Shibu Soren.

PTI