New Delhi: Reflecting growing resentment
in a section of BJP top brass over continuing political
uncertainty in Jharkhand, senior party leader M M Joshi on Friday
said the state had become "a theatre of the absurd".
"It has become a theatre of the absurd. I would not
like to say anything more on this," Joshi told reporters when
asked for his views on JMM dilly-dallying over support to a
His statement came as BJP appeared to have set a
deadline of May 25 for a government led by its leader Arjun
Munda to take charge, once JMM chief and Chief Minister Shibu
Soren resigns as promised.
"BJP will hold a Parliamentary Board meeting on May 25
at 3 pm to discuss the Jharkhand issue," party sources said.
They said the meeting has been scheduled as a back-up
plan in case JMM creates a last minute hitch.
If JMM goes back on its word, BJP is likely to
withdraw support to the Shibu Soren government by evening of
May 25, the sources said.
After JMM Legislature Party leader Hemant Soren
pledged support in writing to a BJP-led government, his party
has gone back and forth on its word several times.
While Joshi refused to cross the "laxman rekha" of
party discipline and did not elaborate on the issue, party
sources said several members of BJP Parliamentary Board
including L K Advani, Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley were
opposed to government formation and favoured withdrawal of
support to the Shibu Soren government in the tribal state.
"The best option was to continue with the first
Parliamentary Board decision the day after Soren voted against
the cut-motion in Lok Sabha and we should have withdrawn
support to his government," a BJP leader said.
The BJP Parliamentary Board had been unanimous in its
decision on April 28, sources said.