Dumka, Dec. 26: Former chief minister Babulal Marandi today termed the ruling alliance between BJP and JMM as “unethical” and said both parties lacked political morality.
JVM supremo Marandi, who was in Dumka today, said the alliance partners lacked suitable leaders.
“In 2010, the BJP toppled the then Shibu Soren government by withdrawing support to it. Yet the JMM, setting aside all political obligations, decided to stick around with the BJP and helped it form the government. The BJP has always had dubious credentials in coalition politics,” Marandi told The Telegraph.
Marandi added that the main objective of the ruling alliance was nothing more than plundering the state’s resources, in which they had succeeded to a large extent.
Terming the JMM’s threats of pulling out of the government as hollow, Marandi also highlighted the role the regional party had played during the recent voting in Parliament on FDI in retail.
“JMM sided with the Congress during the FDI vote. Had the BJP been sensitive enough, they would have drawn a line on their relationship with the party then and there. But it did not,” he said.
Marandi claimed that his party would not support any alternative coalition government either if the Arjun Munda-led regime lost power.
The JMM has 11 MLAs in the state Assembly without whose support the formation of any coalition government was impossible, he added.
The JVM also has had a tumultuous relationship with the Congress in the state, with political experts claiming that both parties were not likely to come together to form an alternative government with the support of JMM and other small parties.
Contacted, Congress leader and former deputy chief minister Stephen Marandi said his party was not looking to stake claim for forming an alternative government.
“Before taking any decision regarding the formation of a coalition, the Congress thoroughly examines the political credentials of its alliance parties,” he told The Telegraph, taking a veiled dig at JMM.