Congress expected to rescue Shibu Soren

Written by: Samyuktha
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New Delhi, Apr 28: With the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) retracting its support to Shibu Soren government, Jharkhand is set to face another political storm.

Shibu Soren-led Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) government got into power just four months ago with BJP's support.

Soren emerged as a king-maker in the Nov-Dec 2009 assembly polls as Congress and BJP looked for his alliance to form a collision government.

Prior to the polls, the Jharkhand State Assembly was kept under suspended animation since Jan 19, 2009, as the then Chief Minister Shibu Soren failed in his attempt to become a member of the Assembly.

Jharkhand Assembly Elections- 2009

Now, Soren's run as the chief minister has yet again met a roadblock after he voted for the Congress-led UPA government in the cut motion held on Tyesday, Apr 27.

The BJP, which was seen fuming immediately after losing the cut motion, on Wednesday, Apr 28 decided to dump Soren. The party is expected to meet the governor on the move to withdraw support.

With this, Shibu Soren will be asked to prove his majority in the state assembly if he wants to hold on to his post and power. However, this will not be a tough task for Soren, especially under the circumstances that led to the present state of affairs, as Congress is expected to extend its support to Soren.

The break-up of the 81-member Jharkhand State Assembly is as follows:

Party             Seats

Congress+       25
BJP+                 20
JMM+                18
Others              18

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