Jharkhand Chief Minister Arjun Munda today put his deputy Hemant Soren in his place, rejecting his demand to vacate chair by January 10 as per an “agreement” to share power on rotation.
“I have sent in the reply to a letter given to me by JMM’s Legislature Party leader Hemant Soren,” Munda said here.
Pooh-poohing Soren’s assertion that the BJP and the JMM had agreed upon to share power for 28 months each, the BJP leader said there has never been any such discussion during the formation of government on September 11, 2010.
Munda, who refused to divulge his reply to Soren’s list of demands, including BJP’s stand on the power sharing formula, appeared relaxed after clearing his stand.
“You will get to know when the JMM will hold discussion on my reply,” Munda said when the media asked to divulge what all he had written to Soren.
Munda, however, cautioned the ruling ally while taking any decision on his response and asked it to desist from adding any negative statistics to Jharkhand’s brief political history—witness to eight governments and two president’s rule.
“Jharkhand endured an image crisis in the past, and we have tried to rebuild the image somewhat by providing stable government. So the ally should ponder over while taking any decision, for it would determine Jharkhand’s future,” Munda added.
On Christmas day, Deputy Chief Minister Hemant Soren went to Munda’s official residence and submitted a list of demands, indirectly asking him to vacate the seat as “BJP’s term will be completed on January 10 as per the agreement”.
The JMM has called to meetings on January 6 and 10 to discuss in length about his strategy and decision following Munda’s snub.