Shibu Soren to take oath tomorrow at 1530 hrs

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Ranchi, Aug 26 (UNI) JMM supremo Shibu Soren (64) will take oath as Jharkhand chief minister for the second time tomorrow, after nearly three-and-half years of wait.

Mr Soren, MP from Dumka and president of Jharkhand Mukti Morcha, was expected to take the oath at 1530 hours at the historic Morabadi ground here, the party sources said.

During his first stint as chief miister that lasted only for nine days, "Guruji" (Soren) had to step down as he failed to obtain majority on March 11, 2005.

Menawhile, The authorities started preparing for tomorrow's function and beefed up security around Mr Soren's residence at Morabadi.

The Raj Bhavan sources said they had not received any communication so far from Mr Soren regarding special session to prove majority as Governor Syed Sibtey Razi last night asked the JMM president to form government and prove majority on or before September one.

According to JMM sources, Mr Soren after swear-in ceremony will hold a cabinet meeting in which the date for floor test would be decided.

Mr Soren yesterday furnished a list of 42 MLAs in the house of 82 including a seat left vacant following the assassination of Ramesh Singh Munda (JD-U) last month.

Mr Soern's 42-member list comprises JMM (17), Congress (nine), RJD (seven), United Goan Democratic Party (two), Jharkhand Party (one), Nationalist Congress Party (one), Forward Bloc (one) and four independent MLAs --- Madhu Koda, Stephen Marandi, Harinarai Rai and Bhanu Pratap Sahi.


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