Ranchi: Jharkhand Chief Minister Shibu
Soren, heading a JMM-BJP coalition government, on Thursday won a
trust motion in the assembly by 19 votes.
Sixty-five-year-old Soren received 45 votes in the
81-member House while 26 were cast against him.
All five RJD members abstained from voting, while Enos
Ekka of Jharkhand Party, Independent Harinarayan Rai,
Congress` Gopal Nath Sahadeo and Arup Chatterjee of the
Marxist Coordination Committee were absent.
Ekka and Rai are in jail in a disproportionate assets
Soren was invited by Governor K Sankaranarayanan on
December 27 to form the government and asked to seek a vote of
confidence by January eight when he was sworn-in for a third
time as chief minister on December 30.
Besides his 18-member JMM, Soren claimed the support
of NDA-20, AJSU-5, Jharkhand Janadhikar Manch-one, Rashtriya
Kalyan Paksh-one and one Independent MLA Bidesh Singh.