BJP MLA quits to make way for Munda to contest bypoll

BJP MLA Mangal Singh Soy on Tuesday resigned as member of Jharkhand Assembly, requesting Chief Minister Arjun Munda to contest from his Kharsavan seat to enter the house within the stipulated six months.

Ranchi: BJP MLA Mangal Singh Soy on Tuesday
resigned as member of Jharkhand Assembly, requesting Chief
Minister Arjun Munda to contest from his Kharsavan seat to
enter the house within the stipulated six months.

"His resignation has been accepted," Assembly Speaker
C P Singh said here.
Speaking to newsmen, Soy said he resigned as he
wanted Munda to contest from that seat.

The Chief Minister, however, has not yet revealed as
from where he would contest even as he later held meeting with
party state unit president Dineshanand Goswami.

With the resignation of Soy, the 82-member state
Assembly has two vacant seats---the other being Hatia
Assembly seat, which fell vacant after a Congress MLA passed
away nearly six months ago.
A Lok Sabha member from Jamshedpur, Munda took oath on
September 11 at the head of the BJP-led coalition and has to
enter the house within six months after assuming the chair.

Munda had won from Kharsawan assembly seat thrice and
the BJP reportedly considers it as a safe seat for him.

JMM President Shibu Soren, whose traditional bastion
has been Dumka, had lost Tamar bypoll on January 8, 2009,
which forced him to resign from the post.

PTI

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