Ranchi: After facing defeat in Jamshedpur by-poll, another crisis has marred the Arjun Munda-led BJP government. The present government’s coalition partner, Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM), has raked up the power sharing issue claiming   that there was an agreement between the JMM and the BJP last year to share power on a rotational basis in Jharkhand.

While this has heated up the political air in the state, the BJP is maintaining a silence over the statement.
 “Time is approaching for the Munda government to vacate CM’s post for the sake of JMM in the state,” said JMM supremo Shibu Soren while addressing media persons in Tundi.

"The agreement was that each party will rule for 28 months with the BJP forming the government first. It was to be followed by the JMM,” he added but however declined to name the next Chief Minister from his party. Soren also added that before taking any such decision, Jharkhand’s situation will be thoroughly assessed.

On the issue of by-poll debacle, he claimed that the defeat will not affect his party.

According to sources, BJP is appalled at Soren’s claim as he never made his intentions clear during the formation of Jharkhand coalition government in September 2010.

Notably, before Munda, Shibu Soren was the Jharkhand CM but had to step down after differences with the BJP when he voted in favour of the UPA government in Lok Sabha on the Indo-US civil nuclear deal.

JPN/Bureau