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Jairam Ramesh made chairman of party panel in Jharkhand

Last Updated: Saturday, August 3, 2013 - 21:57

New Delhi: Union Minister Jairam Ramesh was on Saturday made the chairman of Congress committee for implementation of common minimum programme in Jharkhand.

The announcement was made by party general secretary Janardhan Dwivedi in a move to sort out coordination issues with alliance partner JMM in Jharkhand and ensure proper implementation of programmes.

The committee is a follow-up to the Jharkhand Pradesh Coordination Committee of the party that was formed yesterday.

The programme implementation committee is expected to have a larger role.

Governance had been an issue in Jharkhand and Congress was earlier wary of supporting JMM to form a government owing to past experience of propping up independent Madhu Koda as Chief Minister.

Congress State president, CLP leader and AICC secretary will be the other members of the committee besides two members from JMM and one from RJD, the sources said.

The panel will see that development programmes are thoroughly implemented as Congress is keen to go to next Lok Sabha election on the plank of development.

Hemant Soren, son of JMM chief Shibu Soren, was sworn in as Chief Minister on July 13 after the nearly six-month-long central rule was revoked in the state. Congress which is participating in the alliance government has finalised a tie up with the tribal party for five States for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

Congress also got a lion`s share -- 10 out of total 14 Lok Sabha seats -- in Jharkhand under the alliance agreement.


First Published: Saturday, August 3, 2013 - 21:57

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