Pull out threat and subsequent parley of deputy chief minister Hemant Soren with BJP seniors in New Delhi seem to have elevated Jharkhand Mukti Morcha’s confidence about an easy sail through Rajya Sabha poll for its party nominee.
Worried at the reports of some of the JMM legislators hobnobbing with Congress leaders and BJP’s no-vote decision, Hemant had flown to New Delhi on Friday to convince central leaders of the leading coalition partner to reconsider their decision with regard to RS poll.
Prompted by the controversy that erupted over party’s support to nomination of Anshuman Mishra as an Independent, the BJP leadership had asked its legislators in Jharkhand to abstain from voting during the RS poll. The decision was greeted by protests within the ruling coalition. JMM chief Sibu Soren had even threatened to pull out from the government, if the BJP refused to rethink its decision.
Soren, who met BJP seniors including Nitin Gadkari, Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitely to plead for their party’s support to JMM nominee Sanjeev Kumar in RS poll fray, said that the uncertainly about the BJP’s participation in the RS poll would become over as they (BJP leadership) had assured to take a final and ‘favourable’ decision in a couple of days.
Dismissing the media speculations about his surreptitious meeting with top Congress leaders unfounded and intended to malign the image of the government, Hemant said his party did not wish support of the Congress for RS berth. “Some issues do crop up among the allies, and they are resolved within the coalition itself,” the deputy CM told the Hindustan Times from New Delhi.
“All senior leaders, who I met in New Delhi, gave me positive assurance to resolve the stalemate in the right earnest. I urged them to treat JMM nominee as coalition candidate and let their MLAs to cast their votes in his favour as there is no nominee from the BJP,” said Hemant, adding that he stayed back in New Delhi to meet some more important BJP leaders.
Although JMM is placed better than other parties in terms of number game in the RS election, its poll manager s are worried over the reports of some of the party legislators hobnobbing with senior Congress leaders. They are apprehensive that some of the MLAs, who have signed the nomination of Independent RK Agrawal as proposers, might let them down in the final go.
BJP MP from Dhanbad Pashupati Nath Singh, however, said that the BJP’s no-vote strategy was basically intended to support the JMM only. “If the BJP MLAs stay away from the poll, JMM required just 21 votes against normal need of 28 votes. As per the present arithmetic, JMM, which has 18 MLAs, needs to manage support of three MLAs, which can be have from JD(U) or AJSU party,” justified Singh.