Ranchi: If a non-tribal becomes chief
minister of Jharkhand after the on-going elections, former
Chief Minister, Babulal Marandi has no objection.
"I have no problem. Those who don`t have confidence in
themselves think and indulge in such things," Marandi, a
Congress ally in the elections, told a press conference when
asked whether he had any reservation if a non-tribal would
lead the next government.
Ever since Jharkhand was created on November 15,
2000,all its chief ministers had been tribals---Babulal
Marandi, Arjun Munda, Shibu Soren and Madhu Koda.
Incidentally, of the total 2.75 crore population of
the state, only 26 per cent is tribal. Of 81 assembly seats
non-tribals account for 52 seats.
While the final round poll in the state is slated for
December 18, results will be announced on December 23.