Someone once said that history repeats itself, the first time as a tragedy and the second time as a farce. A plot of this kind is unfolding in Jharkhand.
On Monday, a senior Jharkhand Mukti Morcha leader, Champai Soren, said his party wanted Shibu Soren to continue as chief minister. This comes at a time when the Bharatiya Janata Party is unable to decide on a name for chief ministership, something that has been attributed to internal squabbling in the party.
Something similar had happened in 2009 when Shibu Soren was asked to step down by his alliance partner, the United Progressive Alliance. He complied reluctantly. He is showing the same reluctance again, much to the detriment of Jharkhand. At that time, too, indecision on the part of his alliance partners hit governance in the state hard.
Today, the state is a bad advertisement for creating small states. Its self-obsessed political elite has forgotten the promises made when it fought for a separate state. Good governance is at a premium in Ranchi today.