Now RSSs Vaidya questions BJP flip-flop on JMM

Written by Suman K Jha | New Delhi | Updated: Dec 30 2009, 05:54am hrs
Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) ideologue MG Vaidya today questioned the alliance the BJP has struck with the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) to form a government in Jharkhand, saying that prima facie, (JMM chief) Shibu Sorens image is not right (unki chavi theek nahin hai ). Vaidya, however, also flayed the Congress and questioned its locus standi to criticise the BJP on the issue of political corruption, saying that theres hardly any difference between the BJP and the Congress over this (probity in public life).

Vaidya will devote his column in RSS journal Tarun Bharat (a Marathi weekly) this weekend to the BJPs dilemma vis--vis Shibu Soren.

There were two views in the BJP, said Vaidya, over whether or not to strike an alliance with the JMM in the state. He called BJP spokesperson Rajiv Pratap Rudys statement (which he has since retracted) expressing reservations over the partys alliance with the JMM, as brave. I learn that he has taken back his statement, so Im sure that he must have been explained the circumstances and constraints which made the BJP tie up with the JMM in the state, he said.

Yashwant Sinha and then Rajiv Pratap Rudy were among the leaders in the BJP who had said that the mandate for the BJP in Jharkhand was to sit in opposition. Sinha, however, clarified at a press conference with Shibu Soren and NDAs acting convener Sharad Yadav yesterday, that a government with the JMM and the BJP as coalition partners was the best arrangement that could have been worked out under the present circumstances. Rudy, too, retracted his statement (made at an ABVP meet in Kolkata last week) saying that the party line was his line on the issue of government formation in Jharkhand.

The BJP-led NDA had repeatedly disrupted Parliament during the first term of the UPA government over controversies surrounding the JMM. In the run-up to the Jharkhand assembly elections, too, top BJP leaders had gone hammer and tongs at the Shibu Soren-led JMM. Asked about the rationale of the BJP then forging an alliance with Soren for government formation, Vaidya agreed that there were serious corruption charges against Soren. He also said that Bharatiya Jana Sangh founding father Deeendayal Upadhyaya would never have given his go-ahead to the kind of tie-up the BJP has sewn up in Jharkhand.

Vaidya, however, saw a ray of hope for the BJP in Jharkhand. If they manage to get the Shibu Soren-led government to provide a clean, stable and accountable government in the state, it would be an achievement. Difficult challenges, after all, provide an opportunity, said the RSS ideologue.