Shibu Soren mulling options to enter Jharkhand legislature

December 5th, 2008 - 2:26 pm ICT by IANS  

Bharatiya Janata PartyRanchi, Dec 5 (IANS) Jharkhand Chief Minister Shibu Soren is considering options for a assembly constituency he can represent, to fulfil the constitutional obligation of becoming a member of the state legislature within six months.Soren, who took over as Chief Minister Aug 27, has to become a member of the Jharkhand legislature before Feb 27. As per the Constitution, any person can become chief minister or minister but needs to become a member of the state legislature within six months.

He is presently a member of Lok Sabha.

United Progressive Alliance partners, the Congress and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) have offered to support Soren in the Tamar by-election, due Dec 29.

“We are ready to support Soren in Tamar assembly by-election,” state Congress unit chief Pradeep Kumar Balmuchu told reporters.

By-elections to the Tamar seat were necessitated after sitting member and former state minister Ramesh Singh Munda, of the Janata Dal (United), was killed by Maoist rebels July 9.

However, Soren is still not decided about contesting the by-election as the opposition has nominated Munda’s widow, Basundhara Munda, as its candidate.

“Soren does not want to fight from Tamar as the widow of the late legislator is contesting the assembly by-election and people will have sympathy with her,” a close aide of Soren told IANS.

He, however, said that the final decision will be taken in a day or two.

Meanwhile, suspended Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislator Vishnu Bhaiya has also announced he would quit his Jamtara assembly seat to make way for Soren.

However, sources said Bhaiya wanted a key post before he quit, which Soren will find difficult to provide due to opposition from the alliance partners.

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