A day after the collapse of the Jharkhand government yesterday over the sharing of the sharing of the Chief Minister’s seat between the BJP and the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha, leaders from the Congress and Shibu Soren-led JMM could engage in talks in Delhi to discuss whether they can stitch together an alliance to hold on to power in the state.
“Our leaders Hemant Soren, Mathura Mahato, Champai Soren, Haji Hussain Ansari and Simon Marandi will go to Delhi to hold talks with Congress leaders for formation of an alternative government,” JMM general secretary Shashank Sekhar Bhokta told PTI.
“Congress leaders in the state have given an indication and we are hopeful that the national party will protect democratic values,” Bhokta, a member of the JMM core committee, said.
The crux of the talks are likely to centre around making Hemant Soren, the son of JMM chief Shibu Soren, the next chief minister of the state and also about keeping Babulal Marandi’s Jharkhand Vikas Morcha out of power, reported NDTV.
While the JMM has 18 MLAs in the Jharkhand Assembly, the Congress has 13.
However, having allied with the JMM in the past without any success when it came to forging a long term partnership, the Congress seems to be wary of forming a government in the state.
And to ensure that they aren’t left hanging like the BJP, the Congress, according to this DNA report, seeking assurances from the JMM including that the alliance should hold till the next state and national elections. The party also wants the JMM to allow the Congress to contest a majority of the Lok Sabha seats in the next national elections.
However, they are in a race against time with the governor expected to decide on whether to impose President’s rule in the state or whether to invite another coalition to form the government in the state. If elections are avoided and a new government is to come to power, it will be the ninth government to take charge in the last 12 years, an irony given that the formation of the state was done to improve its administration and improve representation.