Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday held consultations with senior party leaders, including AK Antony, as talks for an alliance with the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) for the next Lok Sabha polls and formation of a coalition government in Jharkhand reached the final stage.
Defence Minister Antony, who chairs the sub-group on alliances for the next general
href='http://www.hindustantimes.com/specials/coverage/myIndia-myVote/index.aspx'>elections, AICC General Secretary in-charge of Jharkhand BK Hariprasad, AICC General Secretary Shakeel Ahmed, PCC chief Sukhdeo Bhagat and CLP leader Rajendra Singh met Gandhi this morning to apprise her of the progress of the talks with JMM so far.
Earlier, Bhagat, Singh and senior state Congress leader Sarfaraz Ahmed met RJD chief Lalu Prasad.
Singh said he was 100 per cent sure that the RJD would back the new government in Jharkhand.
Congress has agreed to have a JMM chief minister in the state, which in lieu has consented to give a lion's share of the 14 Lok Sabha seats to the Congress, sources said.
Shibu Soren's son Hemant Soren, who is tipped to be the next chief minister, held a meeting with RJD chief Lalu Prasad last night to seek his support for the coalition government.
Hours before his meeting with Prasad, Soren had a long discussion with Antony, the Congress President's political secretary Ahmed Patel where nitty-gritties of government formation were learnt to have been discussed.
Sources said in the new government there would be no deputy chief minister, while Congress, which is participating in the government, could get five to six ministries.