Decks have been cleared for the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) to head a coalition government in Jharkhand in alliance with the Congress. The two parties will be signing a deal before July 18, the expiry date of the six months of the President’s rule in the state.
Congress general secretaries BK Hariprasad and Shakeel Ahmed rushed to Ranchi to look for options of forming a government in alliance with the JMM.
The six-month period of President's rule ends on July 18 and several MLAs have been eager to form an alternative government, nearly six months after the BJP-led government fell following JMM pulling out of the coalition.
Last time, the talks between the Congress and the JMM were broken down over the post of chief minister.
Initially, the Congress proposed to lead the coalition saying it has independent and smaller parties’ support. However, JMM had rejected the proposal, saying the BJP government was brought down by them and they had more legislators than the Congress.
The Congress had reservations on the name of Sibu Soren for the post of chief minister, however, they were ready to consider his son Hemant Soren, with the condition that the alliance continues till the next Lok Sabha and assembly elections.