Koda asked to prove majority by Aug 25

August 18th, 2008 - 11:42 pm ICT by IANS  

Ranchi, Aug 18 (IANS) Jharkhand Governor Syed Sibte Razi Monday night asked Chief Minister Madhu Koda to prove his majority in the assembly on or before Aug 25.Earlier, Koda met the governor and said he would prove his majority on the floor of the house.

“I will prove majority on the floor of the house. The assembly session has already been convened,” Koda had told reporters.

The monsoon session of the assembly has been convened between Sep 19 and 25.

Koda went alone to meet the governor after holding a marathon cabinet meeting.

The Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) withdrew support to the 23-month-old Koda government Sunday evening, reducing it to a minority. In the 82-member house, Koda now enjoys the support of only 25 legislators.

Koda, an Independent or unattached legislator, became chief minister with the support of the Congress and the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), both part of the UPA, and smaller parties as well as eight other Independents.

JMM leader Shibu Soren, who became the chief minister for nine days after the assembly elections in 2005, last Tuesday staked his claim to become chief minister but Koda refused to step down.

Soren secured the backing of the Congress after supporting the Manmohan Singh government in the crucial parliament trust vote of July 22.

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