His fate undecided, Soren gets back to work

With his fate still hanging in the balance, Jharkhand CM Shibu Soren went back to work on Sunday.

Ranchi: With his fate still hanging in the balance, Jharkhand Chief Minister Shibu Soren Sunday went back to work by clearing files in his office and inspecting a road.

"Guruji (Shibu Soren) inspected an under-construction four-lane road at Pijthoria (outskirts of Ranchi). He also attended his office," Safiq Ansari, Soren`s press advisor, told IANS.

A day after a marathon meeting in New Delhi between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) and allies on forming an alternative government ended in a stalemate, Soren went back to his official duties.

It was decided at the meeting that Shibu Soren will remain at the helm till a decision is arrived at.

According to sources, the JMM wants a graceful exist for Shibu Soren and the party is insisting that he be allowed to continue till June 30. Shibu Soren, a Lok Sabha MP, is not a member of the state assembly. He can remain chief minister till June 30.

However, the BJP is against the proposal and wants new arrangements, the sources said.

"We have agreed to meet again to evolve a consensus on the political situation of Jharkhand," Hemant Soren, son of Shibu Soren and JMM general secretary, told reporters in New Delhi after the meeting Saturday night.

Jharkhand is facing political uncertainty since April 28 after the BJP decided to withdraw support to the Soren government after the chief minister voted against the party`s cut motions in parliament. However, the party on April 30 decided to put on hold the decision and started exploring the possibilities of forming a new government in the state.

The BJP summoned the leaders of the JMM and other coalition partners All Jharkhand Students Union (AJSU) and Janata Dal-United (JD-U) to New Delhi for a meeting Saturday.