Did Reddy brothers have a role in split?


The BJP on Wednesday withdrew its support to the four-month-old JMM government in Jharkhand in a quick riposte to the ‘act of betrayal’ by the state’s Chief Minister Shibu Soren during the voting on the saffron party’s cut motion on budgetary proposals.

Snap ties
Soren is understood to have  told All India Congress Committee (AICC) functionaries recently that he was keen to snap the JMM-BJP ties as central leaders of the BJP were putting pressure on him to facilitate the Reddy brothers’ foray into the mining business of Jharkhand.

“It was becoming difficult for him (Soren) to pay the price the BJP was asking for its support to his government,” said a senior leader of the Congress.

After a meeting of the party’s Parliamentary Board; BJP general secretary Ananth Kumar announced the decision to pull out from Soren’s government in Jharkhand. He said that Soren had “behaved in a dubious manner and voted against the cut motion”.
The BJP has 18 MLAs in the 82-member Jharkhand Assembly. The JMM, which too has 18 MLAs, was leading the coalition government with the support of five legislators of All Jharkhand Students Union (AJSU), two of Janata Dal (United) and two independents.
To save his government, Soren will now have to rely on support of 14 MLAs of the Congress and 11 legislators of the Jharkhand Vikas Morcha-Prajatantrik (JVM-P).

“There is nobody untouchable in politics,” said senior Congress leader Keshav Rao, who oversees the party’s affairs in Jharkhand. He was replying to journalists’ questions if the Congress would support the JMM. He said the Congress high-command would take a decision after consulting the local leaders of the party in Jharkhand.
DH News Service

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