BJP `takes note` of Soren`s support to UPA on cut motions
Jharkhand CM Shibu Soren`s sudden support to UPA government on the cut motions in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday set off speculation that there may be new power equations in the state and alter his relation with coalition partner BJP.
New Delhi: Jharkhand Chief Minister Shibu
Soren`s sudden support to the UPA government on the cut
motions in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday set off speculation that there
may be new power equations in the state and alter his relation
with coalition partner BJP.
A shocked BJP said after the vote that it has taken note
of Soren`s act in Parliament of "ditching" the coalition
partner. Soren, still a member of the Lok Sabha, made a rare
appearance to spring a surprise on BJP.
"We have taken note of it," a senior BJP leader said
outside Parliament, indicating that Soren could face trouble.
BJP sources said Soren may have struck a deal with the
Congress under which he may move to the Centre and his son
Hemant may become Deputy Chief Minister of Jharkhand.
Former Chief Minister Babulal Marandi, who had quit BJP a
few years ago and now an MP, may join a new coalition that
will stake its claim to form the Government.
The new alliance will have Soren`s JMM, Congress and
Marandi`s Jharkhand Vikas Morcha-Prajatantrik (JVM-P) which
has 11 MLAs. Congress has 14 MLAs while JMM has 18 members in
the 81-member assembly.
Till yesterday BJP had been claiming that Soren and
another JMM MP Kameshwar Baitha would vote with the NDA.
Baitha, who is in jail, did not turn up.