Will the BJP turn its attention to Jharkhand after Madhya Pradesh? Sources have indicated that the BJP is planning to woo Hemant Soren, the chief minister, who is in alliance with the Congress and has formed the government in the state last year.
Sources in Jharkhand claims that bringing back Babulal Marandi to the BJP is a part of the larger picture. A close aide of Marandi told IANS, “When Hemant Soren took oath as the chief minister last year, he first came to the residence of Babulal Marandi and took his blessings. One should not be surprised if Soren decides to part ways with the Congress with whom he is very uneasy of late.”
He also said that adding Marandi into the saffron team is only a part of the bigger game plan to form the government in Jharkhand. “Whenever the situation arises, the BJP will not hold back from forming the government with the support of the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha,” he said.
Reports claim that due to the skirmish between the Congress and the JMM, chief minister Soren has not yet inducted a Christian into his cabinet despite the Congress putting a lot of pressure on him.
In 2009, the BJP had extended support to the JMM to form a government led by Shibu Soren, Hemant Soren’s father.