No conditions for JMM in Jharkhand govt formation: BJP

The BJP today said its aim in Jharkhand will be to provide a stable coalition government with JMM that will last its full term.

Last Updated: Sep 09, 2010, 19:56 PM IST

New Delhi: The BJP today said its aim in
Jharkhand will be to provide a stable coalition government
with JMM that will last its full term.

"We have formed government in Jharkhand previously also.
There was President`s Rule in the state and we stopped making
attempts to form a stable government. But a government had to
be formed and that is why at the opportune time we decided to
stake claim to form a stable government," BJP spokesperson
Shahnawaz Hussain told reporters here.

Asked about the BJP-JMM formula to run the government and
if there would be a Chief Minister on rotation, Hussain said
"as of now the government will be formed under the leadership
of Arjun Munda. There are no conditions to forming this
government."

To a poser if senior leader Yashwant Sinha was unhappy
over the developments in Jharkhand as he has said in an
interview to a newspaper that he is the best candidate (for
the post of CM) for a state like Jharkhand, Hussain said, "I
am regularly in touch with sinha. I can say that he he has
never proposed his own name for any post in the party."

When reminded that leaders had earlier said that the BJP
Parliamentary Board would not discuss the Jharkhand issue any
further and, despite this statement, the chief minister of
Jharkhand was chosen without a meeting of the top decision
making body, Hussain said the move came after gaining complete
consensus.

Asked repeatedly if senior leader L K Advani would attend
the swearing-in ceremony at Jharkhand, he said several
stalwart leaders of the party will be present.

Advani is said to have favoured the baton being handed
over to Yashwant Sinha, who, he believes, will bring a
"qualitative difference" to the issue of governance in
Jharkhand, thanks to his experience as Union minister for
finance and external affairs.

BJP leader Arjun Munda will be sworn in as Jharkand`s new
Chief Minister on Saturday, heading a BJP-JMM coalition with
the Governor inviting him to form a government today shortly
after the Union Cabinet recommended revocation of President`s
Rule in the state.

42-year-old Munda, who is getting the Chief Minister`s
post for the third time, will be the eighth CM in 10 years
since the mineral rich state was carved out of Bihar on
November 15, 2000. No Chief Minister has ever completed a
full term in the state.

The BJP and the JMM formed a coalition government on
December 30 last year under JMM chief Sibu Soren. But it
lasted for only five months.

Commenting on the issue of inclusion of caste in census,
the BJP leader said the main opposition had raised its queries
and given its suggestions to the government.

"It is the Cabinet`s decision to hold it separately from
the regular census. We would ideally have been happy if it was
done (along) with the census process," he said.

PTI