BJP says Soren's action an act of betrayal
Calling Jharkhand Chief Minister Shibu Soren's action of voting with the government in Lok Sabha an "act of betrayal", BJP on Wednesday convened a parliamentary board meeting to discuss the future of ties with JMM in Jharkhand where the two parties run a coalition government.delhi Updated: Apr 28, 2010 15:16 IST
Calling Jharkhand Chief Minister Shibu Soren's action of voting with the government in Lok Sabha an "act of betrayal", BJP on Wednesday convened a parliamentary board meeting to discuss the future of ties with JMM in Jharkhand where the two parties run a coalition government.
Senior party leaders said that BJP has taken very serious note of Soren's action and is not buying the explanation given by Soren's son Hemant that it has happened by mistake even as the Chief Minister wondered, "what difference will it (his vote) make".
"The voting in favour of UPA by Soren is an act of betrayal. The manner in which he has voted is a betrayal of coalition dharma. We have taken it very seriously. Senior party leaders will take a call on it," senior BJP leader Prakash Javdekar said.
Another party leader Venkaiah Naidu echoed similar views saying "it's a clear betrayal".
"You can't be heading a government with the support of BJP, be in opposition and at the same time, support the ruling party at the Centre. It is not acceptable.On what to do the party will meet and discuss. It is a serious issue," he said.
Naidu also refused to buy the explanation given by Hemant Soren on the issue that his father voted for UPA in a mistake.
Senior party leader from Jharkhand Yashwant Sinha said, "He (Soren) is there (on the Chief Minister's chair) in Jharkhand with our support. Therefore, the least that was expected of him that he would not go to this stage. He could have stayed neutral."
Asked whether the BJP would take any action into the matter, Sinha said, "We will sit down and take stock of the situation."
Sinha said Soren's action showed "perhaps, he has some plans up his sleeve."
Sources said that after Soren sprung a surprise yesterday by voting with the government on the cut motions moved by BJP and the Left, the BJP top brass was livid and held discussions with the JMM chief.
Soren had a meeting with BJP president Nitin Gadkari last night where his decision not to vote with the BJP came up for discussion.