Non-tribal can be Jharkhand CM: Marandi

Last Updated: Wednesday, December 16, 2009 - 23:11

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.

-PTI



First Published: Wednesday, December 16, 2009 - 23:11
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