Ranchi, Aug. 30: The JMM is apparently seething at ally Congress’s alleged attempt to dominate the proposed co-ordination committee — a key panel to aide and advise the government on policy and political matters.
With Congress state in-charge B.K. Hariprasad reaching Ranchi today evening, Congress sources said detailed discussions with chief minister Hemant Soren on the issued was in the offing.
“There is no confusion and conflict of interests. The committee will be formed very soon and we will discuss it at the right time,” Hariprasad told The Telegraph. He is to take part in a party programme in Kolhan tomorrow.
Early this month the Congress announced that it was going to head the 10-member co-ordination committee with six of its own members, and two each from JMM and RJD.
Releasing a list of members on August 4, the Congress leadership named Hariprasad the committee’s head. Other members were state party chief Sukhdeo Bhagat, minister Rajendra Prasad Singh, Tarachand Bhagora, Ranchi MP Subodh Kant Sahay and former Assembly Speaker Alamgir Alam.
The Congress’s announcement did not go down well with the JMM, which termed it lopsided, indicating they would want party patriarch Shibu Soren to head the panel.
Within two days of the announcement, the Congress high command was forced to correct itself, saying the aforesaid members were part of a Congress co-ordination committee.
Sources said the Congress was insisting on a “bigger say and share” in the committee, but after the JMM’s cold reaction, it hinted at dropping one of its members to pacify its regional partner.
“A final decision will be taken by party’s national vice-president Rahul Gandhi. The central leadership may drop one name. It maybe of Sahay. I don’t know why the leadership is not settling this matter fast,” a senior Congress leader said.
The JMM, on the other hand, wanted a clear message. “We are not able to understand the meaning of two of their statements issued in quick succession. Our leadership spoke to them but they did not explain the template of the committee. We are yet to decide whether to join the committee,” JMM spokesperson Supriyo Bhattacharya told The Telegraph.
The JMM has the support of the RJD, which is reluctant to name its members for the committee owing to the Congress’s attempts to dominate.
Moreover, the JMM has some very specific complaints against the Congress, primarily that it was not showing any urgency in setting the agenda of the new government. “They (Congress) wasted precious 40 days in deciding the names of their ministers,” a senior JMM leader said.