After about 10 days of suspense, the BJP appeared set to form a government in Jharkhand with Jharkhand Mukti Morcha support, though whether or not the Chief Ministership would rotate between the two parties remained unclear.
"We have decided to form a government in Jharkhand under the leadership of the BJP," JMM's Hemant Soren said after a meeting with BJP leaders Nitin Gadkari and Ananth Kumar in New Delhi on Saturday.
"The BJP will decide who the Chief Minister will be."
Ananth Kumar said the BJP's Parliamentary Board would meet on Monday to take a decision on the new Chief Minister.
BJP general secretary Arjun Munda, former Finance Minister Yashwant Sinha and Jharkhand deputy Chief Minister
Raghubar Das are being seen as frontrunners for the post.
Jharkhand Chief Minister Shibu Soren on Saturday said that he would quit the chief minister's office in two to four days to facilitate a smooth transfer of power.
Contrary to the BJP leaders' claim in New Delhi, Soren claimed in Ranchi the BJP and the JMM would share power in the state on a rotational basis.