BJP stuck on CM question in Jharkhand

BJP stuck on CM question in Jharkhand

A high-level meeting held in the presence of BJP central observers — general secretary Anant Kumar and the party’s former national president Rajnath Singh — remained inconclusive, giving Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) chief and Chief Minister Shibu Soren more time to remain in the saddle.

“The BJP legislators have made their mind known to the two observers about the chief ministerial candidate during the meeting. The party observers would apprise the central leadership of their views and a final decision would be taken thereafter. The new chief minister will take charge shortly,” Karuna Shukla, in charge of the BJP affairs in Jharkhand, told the media here.

JMM stand
Reeling off a list of demands, the pro and anti-BJP camps in the JMM late on Tuesday evening arrived at a truce at the party’s executive committee meeting over lending support to a government headed by the BJP. Emerging from the marathon meeting headed by Shibu Soren, his son Hemant Soren, JMM’s legislature party leader, said the Morcha was firm on its earlier stand of formation of the government on a rotation basis.

“The BJP will have to review its stand in lieu of JMM support. Each party will head the government for 28 months on rotation. This apart, JMM wants the chief ministerial candidate from the BJP to be a tribal and also a member of state assembly,” said Hemant Soren.

Jamshedpur BJP MP and former Chief Minister Arjun Munda and deputy chief minister Raghuvar Das emerged as frontrunners in the race for the top job.

Sources in the BJP said a majority of legislators expressed support for Munda, a tribal, but Das stands a chance to if party president Nithin Gadkari’s idea of installing a non-MP as chief minister holds good.

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