Time is running out for the BJP to make up its mind in Jharkhand on naming its chief minister — Arjun Munda or Yashwant Sinha.
With the Jharkhand governor asking the state chief secretary to freeze all key decisions till the political certainty ended, top BJP leaders are under tremendous pressure to decide on the name as well as decide on the next course of action.
BJP chief Nitin Gadkari indicated in Chandigarh that a final call on the stalemate would be taken after a meeting of senior party leaders in Delhi on Friday. An announcement may be made on Friday or Saturday.
There is added pressure to speed up matters as Gadkari will be away from Delhi from May 16 to 28 on a holiday.
Munda has claimed the support of the majority of the BJP MLAs. But Sinha is favoured by senior leaders including L.K. Advani who want governance to take precedence. Significantly, Munde’s supporters have not ruled out the “situation” going out of the BJP’s control if his candidature was not considered. Already, “recalcitrant” JMM leaders were said to having second thoughts on the move to prop up a BJP-led ministry.
Sixteen days have passed since the BJP announced its intention to withdraw support to the Soren government, the political see-saw has seen the government come to a standstill.
Besides, the issue of whether it is Munde or Sinha for the CM’s job, the BJP parliamentary board would have to apply its mind on the JMM’s pressure for a rotational power sharing arrangement with the BJP.
Reports from Ranchi said Govenor M.O.H. Farooq asked the Soren government not to effect major bureaucratic reshuffles and concentrate on ‘routine work’ till the political uncertainty in the state ended.