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BJP To Decide About Jharkhand On Monday

Amid efforts to break the stalemate over government formation in Jharkhand, BJP has said it would take an 'appropriate decision' on Monday on forming the ministry with JMM support. 'There is no confusion in our
PTI May 02, 2010 16:58 IST
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Amid efforts to break the stalemate over government formation in Jharkhand, BJP has said it would take an 'appropriate decision' on Monday on forming the ministry with JMM support.

'There is no confusion in our party. Our parliamentary board has already decided to withdraw support to JMM. Subsequently, JMM gave a proposal that they will support us to form a government. A final decision will be taken tomorrow in this regard," Party leader Venkaiah Naidu told reporters in Chennai.

The BJP on Wednesday withdrew its support to the four month-old Shibu Soren government when the Chief Minister voted against the cut motion in Lok Sabha. The BJP, however, put on hold its decision after Shibu's son Hemant, who is now playing a key role in talks between the two parties, wrote a letter to party chief Nitin Gadkari expressing support to a BJP-led ministry.

To a question on Union Fertilizer Minister M K Alagiri's irregular attendance during Parliament proceedings, Naidu said since he (Alagiri) was a Union Minister, he should attend the Parliament regularly.

'He is free to speak in which ever language he desires and there are translators to do translation. I don't know what his concerns are," Naidu said.

On alleged telephone tapping of some political leaders, Naidu said it was 'unethical' and against the fundamental rights guaranteed by the Constitution. "The magnitude of the issue is such that it affects the Constitutional guarantee of privacy and is misuse of power for political purposes".

Naidu said the UPA government had become a minority government but for the support extended temporarily by the Bahujan Samaj Party during the cut motions

Jharkhand Chief Minister Shibu Soren will continue in his post as of now, JMMLP leader Hemant Soren claimed after a meeting with BJP leaders on Sunday in Ranchi.

 "As of now, Shibu Soren is Chief Minister and will continue in that post," Hemant, Soren's son, who is playing a key role in talks between JMM and BJP to form a new government, told reporters here after his return from New Delhi.

"Our talks with the NDA leaders in Delhi were very constructive," he said.

His statement comes five days after the state plunged into a crisis following Soren's voting for UPA on cut motions in Parliament on April 27.

Subsequently, the BJP's Parliamentary Board decided to withdraw support to the JMM-led government before putting it on hold following Hemant's request for forming a government under a leader of BJP's choice.

Hemant, along with senior JMM leaders and allies, was holding parleys with the top BJP leaders to end the deadlock. PTI