BJP national general secretary Arjun Munda, whom his party picked as the next chief minister of Jharkhand, met current incumbent and Jharkhand Mukti Morcha leader Sibu Soren and his son Hemant here on Sunday.
Munda handed over the BJP’s formula to keep their coalition government afloat. Munda, Lok Sabha MP from Jamshedpur, arrived from Delhi, first met Hemant and handed over his party’s formula and later visited the Soren residence again in the evening and to meet the father-son duo.
Munda told HT the three leaders discussed the “finer points of likely adjustments” and described his meetings as “courtesy calls”.
JMM sources said the BJP formula submitted by Munda offered the post of deputy chief minister and five ministerial berths to the JMM. The leaders also discussed the possibilities of running the government by rotation, which the BJP’s top leadership had earlier rejected.
It is learnt that the BJP is likely to sacrifice a ministerial berth in lieu of the JMM’s support to keep the coalition government going. The party also wants to retain the Speaker’s post.
At present the BJP has four ministers, including the deputy chief minister, Raghubar Das. The JMM and All-Jharkhand Students Union have three ministers each and the Janata Dal-United has one minister in the Soren cabinet.
Currently, Hemant Soren is tipped to be the new deputy chief minister.
The coaltion partners have also agreed to carry out a minor reshuffle in the cabinet. The reshuffle may witness the exit of two ministers from the BJP and one from the JMM.
The BJP wants a final outcome at the earliest, especially after its loss of face over the political impasse in Jharkhand continuing for over a fortnight. However, the JMM might just spring another surprise by joining hands with the Congress.
A JMM spokesperson said Soren might make a public announcement on his final decision on Monday or Tuesday.