Saturday, May 15, 2010

President’s Rule seems certain in Jharkhand

The inordinate delay by the BJP and the JMM in Jharkhand to sort out the issue of new government formation has brought the state to a halt.There has been no sign of governance there since the BJP announced to withdraw its support to Shibu Soren Government in the aftermath of voting on cut motions against the UPA Government in Lok Sabha in which the party ally Jharkhand Chief Minister Shibu Soren in the capacity of Lok Sabha member violated the principle of coalition by voting in favour of the UPA government on the issue.
Instantly, the BJP’s lust for power was reflected when its coalition partner JMM offered chief ministership, requesting it to review its decision of withdrawing support to the government. It put its withdrawal decision on hold and started the exercise of choosing the right man from among the state party for the post of Chief Minister.
Again, its internal differences came to the fore when it failed to do so. It has been reported that the BJP has agreed to JMM formula but now it is too late. The tribal dominated state of Jharkhand was created out of Bihar 9 years ago but it has never seen the stable government.
In the absence of stability, the cause for which the state was created never adressed to. Jharkhand was created for speedy development but it has gone down very low as far as the issue of development is concerned. The state suffers from the perenial disease of instability. It has 7 chief ministers in its 9 years of existence. The main motive of the politicians in the state has been to exploit its mineral resources as it is very rich in minerals. Jharkhand has been made a money minting machine by the state leaders.
Therefore, the President rule for atleast two years in Jharkhand is the urgent need to bring it back on the rail of development. The Congress has rightly indicated that it may seek President’s rule there if the standstill over government formation continued there without any solution. All the activities of the government have come to a halt since the uncertainty about the formation of the new government . This must come to an end. BJP and JMM should give a government there as soon as possible. Otherwise, Congress may demand the use of Constitutional powers in the other way. To think of imposing President's Rule in the state by the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre is a right move to save the Jharkhand from administrative collapse. Now it is too long a period since the uncertainty is prevailing in the state over formation of an alternative government. BJP and JMM can not reach an agreement to form an alternative government as both the partners have excessive lust for power .Keeping their pressure on, four of the 18 JMM MLAs have already demanded continuation of party President Shibu Soren as Jharkhand Chief Minister for first 28 months before handing over the baton to the BJP. The time has come for the Centre to intervene in the interest of Jharkhand and ask Governor to submit report about the state of affairs there to carry out constitutional reponsibility without any loss of time.

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