Ranchi: Congress has once again started wooing Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) to return to power in Jharkhand. The Congress High command has reportedly given its nod for the probable alliance with JMM.

According to the sources, a high-level meeting between state opposition leader Rajendra Prasad and JMM chief Shibu Soren was held on Wednesday at the latter’s Morhabadi residence in which both the leaders agreed to make Hemant Soren the new Chief Minister of the state. The meeting has fuelled speculations about change of guard in the state.

“There are endless possibilities for forming new government in the state. In order to realize the dream, the JMM has to break its alliance with the BJP, only after that, any further consideration will begin.” said Shakeel Ahmad, who is the in-charge of Congress party in Jharkhand.

As per the sources, along with the CM’s post, the Congress has also offered Speaker’s post to the JMM in lieu of two posts of Deputy Chief Minister one each for the Congress and AJSU which are reportedly joining the alliance. 

Besides, the JMM and the Congress will get three ministerial berths while one minister each from RJD and AJSU will be inducted into the new government. 

Sources say that the JMM has given assurance to the Congress’ offer and will take a call after brainstorming with its leaders.

The JMM has 18 MLAs and with the 13 Congress MLAs, 6 RJD MLAs and 4 AJSU legislatures, reaching the magical figure of 41 in the 81 member- assembly house will ensure the formation of new government in the state.

Meanwhile, the possible alliance has sent jitters in the BJP camp though the party rejected the contentions of the JMM cozying up with the Congress.

“History shows that the Congress has always tried to tumble down democratically elected governments. This time too, it is trying to do the same but it wouldn’t succeed.” said Raghuvar Das, former BJP state chief. 

The Congress has also made it clear to the JMM that it has given offer for the last time and if the latter misses it, no such alliance will be made further, sources say.