Arjun Munda resigns from Lok Sabha

Jharkhand Chief Minister Arjun Munda on Saturday resigned from the Lok Sabha following his victory in Kharsawan Assembly bypoll in the state.

Updated: Feb 26, 2011, 20:17 PM IST

New Delhi: Jharkhand Chief Minister Arjun Munda on Saturday resigned from the Lok Sabha following his victory in Kharsawan Assembly bypoll in the state.

His resignation comes a week after he defeated his nearest Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (Prajatantric) rival Dasrath Gagrai by over 17,000 votes in the February 17 by-election to Kharsawan Assembly segment, his home turf.

Munda represented Jamshedpur Parliamentary seat in the Lok Sabha, having won it in 2009 general elections.

He became Chief Minister of the state on September 11 last year heading a BJP-JMM alliance government.

Munda had to get elected for the assembly within the mandatory six months period after becoming the Chief Minister and hence the assembly seat was vacated for him by sitting BJP MLA Mangal Singh Soy.

Tendering his resignation to the Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar in a faxed letter, Munda requested her to accept it.

PTI