Ranchi: Five Jharkhand ministers belonging
to BJP and JD(U) submitted their resignation letters to
Governor M O H Farooq, who on Wednesday forwarded these to Chief
Minister Shibu Soren.
Tourism Minister Sudha Choudhary (JD-U) submitted her
resignation letter today while the four other ministers --
Deputy Chief Minister Raghuvar Das, Food Processing Minister
Barkuanr Gagrai, Transport Minister Nilkanth Singh Munda and
Health Minister Baijnath Ram (all BJP) -- sent their letters
to Farooq yesterday, Raj Bhavan sources said.
They said the letters have been forwarded to the Chief
Minister so that these could come to the Governor through the
Soren, whose JMM-NDA coalition has been reduced to
minority after BJP withdrew support to the alliance on May 24,
has been asked to prove his majority on the floor of the
Jharkhand Assembly by May 31.
The Governor had asked Das, who is also the Leader of BJP
Legislature Party, about the signatures of other BJP MLAs when
he had met Farooq to hand over the letter withdrawing support
to the Soren government.
Both BJP and JMM have 18 MLAs each in the 82-member
Assembly. Frustrated over JMM backtracking on its
power-sharing agreement, the BJP withdrew support when a
defiant Soren asserted that he would continue as the Chief
Minister and was in touch with Congress.
Das had assured Farooq that he would submit a letter
carrying signatures of all BJP MLAs by May 25, but Raj Bhavan
sources said signatures of all party MLAs have not been
received so far.
BJP sources said signatures of other MLAs were being
collected as many of them were out of station.