Monday, November 29, 1999

Arjun Munda all set to be new Jharkhand Chief Minister

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Ranchi, May 16 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Arjun Munda is all set to be the new Chief Minister of Jharkhand.Munda's name has been cleared by the BJP central leadership to lead the coalition Government in the State along with the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) and the All Jharkhand Student's Union (AJSU).The BJP has put off the official announcement because of the death of former Vice Presdient Bhairon Singh Shekhawat.Munda has been asked by the central leadership to ensure support of all JMM lagislators, especially the disgruntled ones for a smooth floor test.Both the BJP and the JMM have agreed to share Chief Ministership for 28 months each on rotation basis.The JMM has also accepted the BJP demand to have the first shot at power under the power sharing deal.Interacting with media here, Munda said: "The coalition between the BJP, the JMM and the AJSU would ensure good governance and find different ways in which a strong government in Jharkhand would work. All formalities regarding this would be completed very soon.""Our focus would be to fulfil people's wishes and work for their welfare with a common vision, common policy and common programme. All the coalition partners would stay united in purpose," he added.For Munda it would be the third time to lead the state. He is currently representing Jamshedpur Constituency in the Lok Sabha.Though Chief Minister Shibu Soren has offered to resign as soon as the BJP finalises its candidate, nothing could be predicted about his intentions.Even the Congress leadership in Delhi was surprised as to why Soren dumped the BJP to favour Congress on cut motion which led to the turmoil.The tribal dominated state has seen seven Chief Ministers in nine years with the eighth to take over in a few days time and no one knows when the ninth one will take over. (ANI)

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