BJP calls Parliamentary Board meeting today to decide Soren's fate
Taking note of Jharkhand Chief Minister Sibu Soren's vote against the cut motions in Lok Sabha, BJP has convened a meeting of its parliamentary board today to discuss the future course of action.india Updated: Apr 28, 2010 13:16 IST
Taking note of Jharkhand Chief Minister Sibu Soren's vote against the cut motions in Lok Sabha, BJP has convened a meeting of its parliamentary board on Wednesday to discuss the future course of action.
After Soren sprung a surprise on Tuesday by voting with the government on the cut motions moved by BJP and the Left, the BJP top brass was livid and held discussions with the JMM chief.
Soren had a meeting with BJP president Nitin Gadkari last night where his decision not to vote with the BJP came up for discussion.
Gadkari has called a meeting of the BJP parliamentary board, the highest decision making body of the party, to deliberate on the issue.
With Soren voting along with the UPA government, speculation is rife that he may have struck a deal with the Congress-led government. Sources said he might bargain for a berth in the Union Cabinet and make his son Hemant Soren the deputy chief minister in Jharkhand.
Jharkhand Vikas Morcha-Prajatantrik Chief Babulal Marandi may then become the Chief Minister in a coalition government of the Congress, JMM and JVN.
In the 81-member Jharkhand Assembly, Congress has 14 MLAs, JMM has 18 and JVM (P) has 11 MLAs.
Asked about JMM's sudden support on the cut motions, Hemant Soren, today claimed that it happened by "mistake" and made it clear there was no move to form a government in Jharkhand with Congress backing.
First Published: Apr 28, 2010 12:26 IST