Soren to take oath as Jharkhand CM on Wednesday

Last Updated: Tuesday, December 29, 2009 - 15:14

Ranchi: JMM chief Shibu Soren is all set to
take oath as chief minister heading a five-party coalition
in Jharkhand tomorrow, which will be the seventh dispensation
in nine years since it became a separate state.

65-year-old Soren, who had been chief minister of the
mineral-rich state twice earlier, will take oath at 10.30 am
at the historic Morabadi ground here.
Preparations were underway at Morabadi ground for the
ceremony after Governor K Sankaranarayanan invited him to form
the government.

Soren, who was asked to take the floor test of his
government by January eight, has not yet revealed who else
would be taking oath along with him triggering speculation.

As of now, Soren, known as Guruji, will take oath along
with his two deputies -- Sudesh Mahato of AJSU and Raghubar
Das of BJP. But this too is tentative," a senior AJSU leader
told agency when asked how many ministers would take oath with
the JMM supremo.

As per the constitutional requirement, Jharkhand can have
12 ministers including the chief minister.

Soren had staked claim to form the government on December
25, two days after the election results had thrown up a hung
assembly.
The following day, he was invited to form the government
supported by 44 MLAs (JMM 18, BJP 18, JDU-2 AJSU 5, JJM 1) in
the 81-member Assembly.

Soren had twice before been the Jharkhand chief minister,
but as the head of the UPA. This is for the first time that he
will he heading the government with the help of the NDA.

Incidentally, Soren was the chief minister till the
President`s rule was imposed in the state in January.

Soon after meeting BJP president Nitin Gadkari in Mumbai
and NDA Convenor and JD(U) president Sharad Yadav in New Delhi
yesterday, Soren said "our efforts will be to provide a clean
and stable government. Jharkhand is a mineral rich state but
the people have remained poor."

"Our efforts will be to uplift the poor," he said, adding
a common minimum programme would also be formulated by all the
coalition partners.

This is the first time in the state`s political history
when an alliance has not yet been formally named, though Soren
has forged ties with the BJP and JD(U).

"A decision about JMM becoming part of the NDA will be
taken later," Sharad Yadav said in Delhi last night when
asked whether the JMM would be part of the NDA.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, December 29, 2009 - 15:14

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