The JMM central committee has decided to project MLA Sushila Hansda in case the UPA rejects the names of Nalin Soren and Salkhan Soren as chief minister of Jharkhand, now under President's Rule.
Hansda's name would be proposed when JMM supremo Shibu Soren meets UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi shortly, the JMM central committee decided last night, party sources said.
"My name has been added to the list as I am the only woman MLA in JMM and a four-time MLA, Hansda told newsmen.
The Congress and the RJD have rejected JMM's first choice Champai Soren, which was announced soon after Soren lost a bypoll and his subsequent resignation last month.
While the JMM has given the names of four of its MLAs as choice of chief minister, the UPA allies have gone on record saying that any decision should be taken unanimously at a UPA meeting and not at the party level.
The projection of yet another name as it chief ministerial choice was sharply criticised by opposition parties, which demanded dissolution of the house.