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Consensus eludes BJP, JMM

india Updated: May 12, 2010 00:38 IST
Gautam Mazumdar
Gautam Mazumdar
Hindustan Times
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The Jharkhand knot is yet to be untangled, as the two BJP central observers — even after the much-publicised brainstorming on Tuesday — failed to finalise the name of the next chief minister.

Former party president and one of the observers Rajnath Singh said, “The name will be announced in a day or two.”

The two observers, Singh and general secretary Ananth Kumar, returned to Delhi to report to party president Nitin Gadkari, who was expected to take a final call on the name.

The Jharkhand Mukti Morcha executive committee immediately went into a huddle this evening after the BJP decided to postpone the announcement.

On Monday, JMM legislators expressed displeasure over Ananth Kumar’s statement that the BJP would like its CM to complete the tenure of this assembly, although the JMM earlier proposed sharing of the chief minister’s chair in rotation.

BJP state chief Karuna Shukla, however, was non-committal while briefing reporters.

The Jharkand crisis was triggered when JMM president Shibu Soren, MP from Dumka, voted against the BJP-led NDA in the cut motion against the UPA on April 27.

The BJP immediately decided to scrap the coalition in Jharkhand. But after several rounds of parleys, the JMM first offered to support a BJP-led government and later suggested a rotational arrangement.

The BJP observers reportedly discussed names of Das, national general secretary Arjun Munda, former Union minister Yashwant Sinha and Deputy Speaker of Lok Sabha Karia Munda. Most legislators were not willing to quit to make way for Sinha and Karia Munda to get elected to the assembly. But two MLAs came forward offering their seats for Munda.