New Delhi: Jharkhand Chief Minister Arjun
Munda will contest the by-election from Kharsawan assembly
constituency in the state, the BJP announced on Tuesday.
"BJP President Nitin Gadkari has declared Arjun Munda as
the party candidate for the Kharsawan (Scheduled Tribe) seat
for the forthcoming 2011 by-elections in the state," the party
said in a statement.
Munda, who was elected to the Lok Sabha on a BJP ticket
from Jamshedpur in 2009, was chosen by his party to head the
coalition government in Jharkhand last year.
The BJP had formed a government in the state in October
2010 with JMM support after many flip-flops. There was an
internal conflict in the party with senior BJP leader LK
Advani and others supporting Yashwant Sinha for the post while
Gadkari and former president Rajnath Singh wanted Munda, a
tribal, to head the state.