Jharkhand CM Shibu Soren resigns

January 12th, 2009 - 3:00 pm ICT by ANI  

Ranchi, Jan 12 (ANI): Shibu Soren, who had lost the Tamar assembly by-elections last week, resigned today as the Chief Minister of Jharkhand.
State Governor Syed Sibtey Razi accepted his resignation, which was submitted today.
Meanwhile, Jharkhand Deputy Chief Minister Stephen Marandi has also resigned from the Soren cabinet.
But a question mark still remains on who will be Soren’’s successor. Earlier, he had asserted that JMM’’s stand on choosing Champai Soren as his successor would stand at any cost.
Champai Soren, who has been elected by the party as its representative, said that he is willing to serve the state.
“I will keep the confidence of my party by performing my duties well and by serving the state and public as well,” said Champai.
Soren, who took over reigns of Jharkhand in August last year and under a constitutional obligation, was required to win an assembly poll within six months to remain the Chief Minister of the state, lost the Tamar assembly election to his main opponent, Raja Peter who was a nominee of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA).
Raja Peter of the regional Jharkhand Party (an ally of NDA) defeated Soren by the margin of 9,062 votes.
Soren was sworn in as the sixth Chief Minister of Jharkhand on August 27, 2008 and won a trust vote in the Legislative Assembly on August 29, 2008.
He previously represented the Dumka constituency of Jharkhand in the 14th Lok Sabha and is the President of the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM), a constituent of the UPA.
Soren also served as the Minister for Coal in the Union Cabinet before becoming the Chief Minister. (ANI)

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