Jharkhand chief minister Arjun Munda on Thursday said he had in writing rejected major ally JMM’s claim that there was a purported power sharing deal between the BJP and the JMM and that the latter has to take a decision keeping stability of the government in mind.
“The issue (power sharing deal) which they (JMM) have raised had not been placed (during formation of government,” Munda told a press conference here without naming Jharkhand Mukti Morcha.
He was replying to a media query as to what he had replied on the JMM’s claim of 28-month-each-side power sharing formula.
“I have given point-wise replies to the issues raised through a letter by the ally (JMM) and given to me by the party’s legislature leader (Hemant Soren)", he said.
“And I believe they will discuss on it, keeping the coalition’s effort in providing a stable government for the last two years and will continue in the future too,” he said and expected that the coalition parties would keep Jharkhand’s interest in mind while taking a decision on his reply.
Soren had on Christmas Day submitted to the chief minister a list of certain issues, including clearing Munda’s stand on the purported rotational power sharing for 28 months each.
The JMM has convened two meetings on January 6 and January 10 to discuss the prevailing political situation and take a final decision on it.
Asked whether state's image was tarnished by political instability, Munda said any decision on the future of the alliance should be taken keeping Jharkhand's image in mind.
"Jharkhand's image in the public eye has been very bad, and I have tried to improve it during the last two years and I am getting good results. I would like it to be carried forward in the interest of the state's progress," Munda told a press conference here.
"This is the responsibility of all political parties," he said.
Criticising the Congress, Munda said "Democracy is all about having majority for one party or for an alliance. I would welcome if Congress has a desire to provide leadership to the state and if it has the numbers to form government, because the state requires stability."
"Stability and progress are the need of the hour for Jharkhand," Munda said.
Later, JMM leader and deputy chief minister Hemant Soren said everything would be cleared by January 10.
"We have received the letter from the chief minister. There are two meetings of the party on January 6 and 10, and by January 10 everything will be cleared," Soren told a local news channel.