Shibu Soren has the support of only 25 MLAs, in the house of 82 members. He wanted a strength of 42 to resume the power.
Shibu Soren provided his letter to the Governor M O H Farooq after 10:00 PM at Raj Bhavan. His resignation followed as he and Sudesh Mahto, his deputy, failed to woo the 18-member BJP, since BJP and JD(U) withdrew their support to his government on May 24.
The Principal Secretary to Governor, Sudhir Tripathi said that Mr Farooq asked Soren to continue as a caretaker Chief Minister till further arrangements.
“We appealed to all parties and MLAs to rise above party lines and vote in favour of Guruji (Soren) and avert President"s rule or mid-term polls. But when we learnt that all the parties have resolved to vote against the government, we decided that Guruji should put in his papers," said the AJSU President and Deputy Chief Minister Sudesh Mahto and Agriculture minister Hemlal Murmu. They also said that they are waiting to see what better alternative is on cards, when asked about the JMM/AJSU's future course of action.