Shibu Soren who emerged as the kingmaker here,Not only did the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha emerge as the single-largest party along with the BJP, it has actually improved its tally from 2005 by one seat to 18. Its vote share has shown a more impressive rise, from less than 3 per cent to 9 per cent.
Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) supremo Shibu Soren, an aspiring chief ministerial candidate, has begun bargaining for power.
Camping at his house in Bokaro, around 150 km north of state capital Ranchi, the JMM chief kept his cards close to his chest, refusing to announce which alliance he would prefer for the formation of a government in Jharkhand.
The assembly results threw up a fractured mandate on Wednesday with the JMM emerging as the joint largest party, winning 18 seats — as many as the rival Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
Several political formations have emerged to stake claim for government-formation in the House of 81 members, but none are in a position to ignore the JMM.
Apart from the chief minister’s chair, Soren is reportedly demanding the deputy CM’s post for his son, Dumka legislator Hemant Soren.