The Congress on Thursday said it was closely watching the situation in Jharkhand and it was in no hurry to form a government.

“We will not offer the chief ministership to anyone in Jharkhand,” Union Minister Subodh Kant Sahay told reporters outside Parliament.

Jharkhand went into a political crisis on Wednesday after the BJP withdrew support to the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) government after Chief Minister Shibu Soren voted against the cut motions moved by the Opposition parties.

Senior Congress leaders have accused the BJP of playing a “game” in the State politics. They suspect that the BJP was working towards splitting the JMM or even offering the post of deputy chief minister to Mr. Shibu Soren's son Hemant Soren and install its own chief minister. Mr. Shibu Soren can continue to be an MP.

While the Congress was not averse to forming a government, it would “wait and watch” until the BJP “sorted out” issues with the JMM and its game-plan was “out in the open.” “After all, the BJP is the biggest beneficiary from the situation. The Congress has nothing to lose because it does not have the mandate to form a government; and importantly, it chose to sit in the Opposition four months ago,” sources in the party said.