BJP yet to take any decision on alliance with JMM

BJP remained indecisive today about its alliance with JMM in Jharkhand with top leaders holding a meeting on the future course of action.

Updated: May 03, 2010, 23:08 PM IST

New Delhi/Ranchi: BJP remained indecisive
today about its alliance with JMM in Jharkhand with top
leaders holding a meeting on the future course of action even
as its MLAs attended a Cabinet meeting in Ranchi presided over
by Chief Minister Shibu Soren.

BJP President Nitin Gadkari, senior leader L K Advani,
Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj and her
counterpart in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley held a meeting today
evening to discuss the stalemate over alliance with JMM.

The BJP meeting comes a day after its top leadership
sought letters of support from the 18 JMM legislators to
provide a stable BJP-led government in the tribal state

Gadkari is reported to be keen on implementing his
"politics of development" formula in the tribal state and
wants that if BJP leads a government there it should replicate
the success of other saffron regimes like in Gujarat or Madhya
Pradesh.

"The new president understands that to bring about any
significant development in the backward state of Jharkhand, a
stable government which would last for a reasonable time is
needed," a senior BJP leader said.

In yesterday`s meeting between BJP, JMM, AJSU and JD(U)
leaders, Gadkari had categorically told JMM leader Hemant
Soren that unless his party ensures the support of all his 18
MLAs to a BJP-led dispensation, there was no point in the
latter forming a government.

Meanwhile amidst a "cordial atmosphere", BJP ministers in
Shibu Soren`s government attended a cabinet meeting in Ranchi
today in which dearness allowance for pensioners was approved.

"There is no stalemate, and you have seen how smoothly
the cabinet meeting was held. The atmosphere was very
cordial," BJP leader and Transport Minister, Nilkanth Singh
Munda told reporters after the meeting.

While BJP waits for the letters of support from JMM MLAs
to firm up chances of a stable government, Hemant Soren`s
statement yesterday, that his father would continue as
Jharkhand CM, has increased its worries.

Four of the JMM MLAs, including three Christians, are
reportedly against a BJP-led government.

Hemant had yesterday said his father would continue as
chief minister "for now" even though he had on April 29 stated
that Soren was ready to quit if the BJP initiated formation
of an alternative government under its leadership with the
support of the JMM.

He had written a letter go Gadkari last week pledging
support to a BJP-led government in Jharkhand.

PTI