New Delhi: In a damage control exercise
after BJP`s ally JMM supported the government in the cut
motions in Lok Sabha, its MP Hemant Soren on Wednesday claimed that
it happened by "mistake" and made it clear there was no move
to form a government in Jharkhand with Congress backing.
"It happened by mistake. It is a human error which
happens due to confusion during voting. We met BJP president
Nitin Gadkari last night and explained to him the real
position," Hemant, Rajya Sabha MP and son of Jharkhand Chief
Minister Shibu Soren said.
JMM`s sudden support to the UPA on the cut motions had
yesterday set off speculation that new power equations may
emerge in the tribal state and alter the party`s ties with
coalition partner BJP.
A shocked BJP had said after the vote that it has
taken note of Shibu Soren`s act in Lok Sabha of "ditching" the
coalition partner. Soren, still a member of the House, had
made a rare appearance to spring the surprise on BJP.
Dismissing the speculation that there was any move to
form a government in Jharkhand with Congress support, Hemant
said, "It is all rumour. There is no truth in it."
BJP had earlier claimed that Soren and another JMM MP
Kameshwar Baitha would vote with the NDA. Baitha, who is in
jail, did not turn up.