Ranchi: There seems to be no end to the ongoing political bickering between the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party and its alliance partner Jharkhand Mukti Morcha over the grant to 519 madarsas in the state.

Jharkhand Education Minister Baidnath Ram last month had announced that grant could not be provided to 519 madrasas, a statement that irked Haji Hussain Ansari, Cooperative and Social Affairs Minister and senior JMM leader, enough to demand Ram’s removal from the state Cabinet.

Meanwhile, the Education Minister has apprised BJP’s state unit chief Dineshanand Goswami of the entire issue.

Jharkhand Chief Minister Arjun Munda has tried to play down the controversy by saying the madrasas will be provided grant as per the law.

The BJP leaders fear that if the equation becomes sour with the JMM, the party will lose power in the mineral-rich state. At the same time, if the party remains silent on the issue, there will be erosion of its traditional vote banks in the state.

On the other hand, the JMM has taken a firm stand by postponing the Cabinet meet at Dumka.

On the condition of anonymity, a senior BJP MLA said if the party does not make its stand clear on the issue, it will cost heavily in the next Assembly Polls in Santhal Pargana region.

JPN/Bureau