Ranchi, March 29: The Congress high command may be reluctant to form an alternative government in Jharkhand, but senior party leaders with political stakes in the state are gearing up to make a fresh pitch in Delhi in the first week of April.
This time, the party’s Jharkhand in charge Shakeel Ahmed will lead the campaign.
“We will be assembling in Delhi on April 5 or 6 and request the party high command to take a final decision at the earliest. The Congress is of the firm view that President’s Rule should not linger on. It never said that it would not help formation of an alternative government at this juncture. The party is only carefully analysing various aspects before executing an action plan,” Ahmed said.
He admitted that the most of party leaders stood divided on the issue and their numerous memorandums to the Congress president had rather complicated the situation. But forging concrete alliances with potential political partners in Jharkhand for the next Lok Sabha polls was being actively considered.
JMM core committee secretary Vinod Pandey confirmed that senior Congress leaders were in regular touch with party supremo Shibu Soren and his son Hemant.
The JMM central working committee will meet at Soren’s residence in Ranchi on April 1 to discuss wide-ranging issues, including new challenges before the party.
“We are aware that the Congress is keen on forming an alternative government. It is only dawdling so that persons of its choice are given key positions to help dictate the official machinery even if a JMM-led government is formed. Our central working committee will carefully discuss all the issues on April 1,” Pandey added.
He admitted the JMM was facing resentment within the party. A majority of workers felt cheated by both BJP and Congress and are expecting Soren to take firm decisions.
When asked for comment, Munda smiled and said in a veiled dig at Hemant, “Experience and exposure, too, are very important factors in power politics. A young boy may have inherited huge fortunes from his father, but does he have the expertise to efficiently utilise them?”