Marandi moves SC, seeks dismissal of Soren govt
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Last Updated: Tuesday, May 18, 2010, 20:26
New Delhi: Jharkhand Vikas Morcha chief Babulal Marandi Tuesday moved the Supreme Court seeking dismissal of the Shibu Soren government, accusing him of misusing the constitutional provision for occupying the post of chief minister without being elected to the state Assembly.

Marandi, who was the first chief minister of Jharkhand after the state was carved out from Bihar, accused the JMM chief of misusing the special provision under Article 164 (4) of the Constitution.

Article 164 (4) enables an unelected person to become chief minister subject to the condition that he/she would get elected to the Assembly within six months.

Marandi's petition filed through advocate Anurag Kumar alleged it was the third time that Soren took advantage of the constitutional provision and has been unable to get himself elected to the House.

He has sought a direction for the Governor to restrain Soren to function as a full-fledged chief minister and from taking cabinet decisions on policy matters.

The petition said it has now become impossible for the JMM chief to get elected to the House as only 42 days are left for him to complete six months as chief minister since he was sworn in on December 30, 2009, while the Election Commission takes around 47 days to complete the process of bye-election.


First Published: Tuesday, May 18, 2010, 20:26

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