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Opposition Parties Ask BJP To Spell Out 'Hidden Formula'

The opposition parties in Jharkhand asked the BJP what was the "hidden formula", a day after the BJP and the JMM agreed to share power on 50:50 basis for the remaining term of Jharkhand assembly.
PTI May 20, 2010 9:15 IST
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The opposition parties in Jharkhand asked the BJP what was the "hidden formula", a day after the BJP and the JMM agreed to share power on 50:50 basis for the remaining term of Jharkhand assembly.  

"Tell the people what is the hidden formula. It is horse trading," PCC President Pradip Kumar Balmachu said in a statement in Ranchi.  

"The Governor should immediately intervene in stopping such power shift on such formula. Several JMM MLAs are still airing openly against the re-alignment with the BJP," he said.  

Chief Minister Shibu Soren had yesterday said that the BJP would take over from his government for the first 28 months before shifting the power again to his JMM.  

The CPI(M) Jharkhand unit secretary, J S Majumdar, asked the allies to speak up about the "hidden formula so that the people of Jharkhand will know their politicians better".  

"In all likelihood, Soren will go to the Governor to tell him that he is quitting as he can't enter the assembly within the mandatory six months time, and shifting power to the BJP," claimed Majumdar.  

Constitutionally, Soren has to become a MLA within six months from the date of his taking oath as chief minister on December 30.  

Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (Prajatantric) President Babulal Marandi had yesterday moved the Supreme Court seeking dismissal of Soren government for allegedly misusing Article 164 (4) of the Constitution that enables an unelected person to become CM subject to the condition that he/she get elected to the house within six months.  

"God knows what is the hidden formula...but we have asked for the Governor's intervention as the political uncertainty has been hurting the state and the people as well," Stephen Marandi, a Congress leader and former deputy chief minister in the previous Soren government, said.  

The RJD's state unit spokesman Manohar Yadav demanded that the ruling coalition be asked for a floor test following several JMM MLAs 'openly airing their views' against the party's latest understanding with the BJP.  

The left leader, Majumdar, further alleged that "the BJP has bought another week's time to sort out on other issues like sharing of ministerial berths, their names and several other components." PTI