JSCA may bring Arjun Munda, Shibu Soren together on Jan.18

Calcutta: Arjun Munda and Shibu Soren are at daggers drawn, but come Friday and it's possible that both will be at the same place at the same time: The occasion being the inauguration of the Jharkhand State Cricket Association International Stadium, in Ranchi.

Soren's Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) has withdrawn support to the Munda-led government, but the Bharatiya Janata Party man continues as the state's executive head, with the designation of caretaker chief minister.

The Amitabh Choudhary-headed Association had plans to get the showpiece stadium jointly inaugurated by Munda and Board of Control for Cricket in India president Narayanswamy Srinivasan, but the JMM move has sort of thrown a spanner in the works.

If the political impasse isn't resolved before Friday (January 18), then the inauguration could actually be done by three gentlemen: Governor Syed Ahmed, the caretaker CM and Srinivasan.

Should President's Rule be imposed, then the hugely supportive Munda will be an invitee only, as a former CM.

Being a former CM himself, Soren is set to be invited too. If he does come for the inauguration, then, among others, he'll have Munda for company in the VVIP area.

Jharkhand has two other former CMs, but only one ' Babu Lal Marandi ' can be invited. The other, Madhu Koda, is behind bars.

"Look, there could be clarity on/after Tuesday... We'll wait till then to make an announcement," Choudhary, also the state's additional director-general of police and special secretary (home), told The Telegraph on Saturday.

There's no confusion over the Gujarat CM, though.

Narendra Modi, who is the Gujarat Cricket Association president, will land in Ranchi shortly before the inauguration, which is scheduled to begin at 4.30 pm, and depart once the honours have been done.

Modi, fresh from another emphatic win at the hustings, is expected to steal the show. The presence of India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni notwithstanding.

Dhoni and England (Test and ODI) captain Alastair Cook will be felicitated after the inauguration, to be anchored by Kabir Bedi.

Choudhary, meanwhile, confirmed that Dhoni's family will be sent an "adequate number of complimentaries" on Monday, when distribution starts.

The complimentaries will be sent to the head of the family, Dhoni's father Pan Singh.

Choudhary didn't comment, but others in the Association feel that the bit about Dhoni's sister-in-law standing in the queue for tickets, on Thursday, was "intentionally" made into an issue by those with an agenda.

Incidentally, Sudesh Mahato, a deputy CM, had failed in his bid to unseat Choudhary in the 2006 elections. He'd then been the home minister and, thereby, the Association president's boss!

Ranchi's debut as an International venue is a day after the stadium's inauguration, on January 19.


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