BJP 'perceives threat' from allies in J'khand govt

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Ranchi, Aug 18: The BJP-led government in Jharkhand is increasingly finding itself amid difficulty over coalition politics, said a report published in the Anandabazar Patrika on Saturday. These problems can also lead to a change in the prevailing political equations in the state.

The ruling BJP, the report said, was not confident about a guaranteed support by either Sibu Shoren's Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) or the AJSU (All Jharkhand Students' Union). It was reported that the JMM and AJSU, despite being allies of the BJP, had started ganging-up against the leading party. The saffron party was even suspecting that its allies were inching closer to the Congress.

In such a situation, the BJP was even thinking of contesting the next assembly elections alone. The party leadership, which was not certain about the government's future, felt it should focus on strengthening the party's organisation at the grassroot level in the state. State BJP committee member Shiblal Ghosh said they were not sure how long the coalition government would survive and hence they were thinking about an alternative of contesting the elections alone in the future, the daily reported.

The problem surfaced over the election in two Rajya Sabha seats from the state earlier this year. The JMM and AJSU opposed the BJP in the election and the latter was defeated. The same thing happened in Hatia assembly by election. In the recent presidential election also, the JMM and AJSU voted for UPA's Pranab Mukherjee while the BJP voted for PA Sangma. The JMM and AJSU have also pledged support to opponents of the state government over the land acquisition issue in Nagri.

Moreover, questions were also raised about the BJP's own ministers. Even six months ago, a minister used to attend a darbar at the party headquarters where he used to listen to the people's grievances. But the darbars are not being held now. State BJP chief Dineshanand Goswami said the darbars could not be held owing to the recent elections but efforts were on to bring the ministers back to the public forums.

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