Arjun Munda to seek vote of confidence today

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Ranchi, Sep 14 (ANI): Jharkhand Chief Minister Arjun Munda will seek vote of confidence in the state assembly today.

A special day-long session of the Assembly has been convened for the purpose.

Assembly Speaker C.P. Singh said that all arrangements have been made and voting may take place after a discussion, if the Members desire so.

Munda became the eighth chief minister of Jharkhand on Saturday with the backing of JMM, AJSU, the Janata Dal-United (JD-U) and two independent legislators.

No chief minister has ever completed a term since the State was carved out of Bihar on November 15, 2000.

Earlier on Thursday, the Union Cabinet had approved the revocation of President's Rule in Jharkhand.

The decision came after the BJP staked its claim to form a government in Jharkhand with the support of the JMM and the AJSU.

Governor MOH Farooq sent his report to the Centre on Tuesday, recommending revocation of Central rule in the state, hours after Arjun Munda submitted a list of 45 legislators, four more than the number required to form a government in the 81-member assembly.

The JMM-BJP coalition government plunged into a political crisis after the BJP withdrew its support to the government in the wake of Shibu Soren voting in favour of the UPA during the cut motion in parliament on April 27.

The BJP first announced it would immediately withdraw support from the JMM-led Government, which would have brought it down and effectively led to the imposition of President's Rule or attempts by the Congress to form an alternative government.

However, by April 29 when the party received a letter from Hemant Soren, offering to support the BJP in leading the coalition, the withdrawal of support was "put on hold" and a dialogue was opened.

The JMM backtracked and demanded rotational power sharing with each party leading the government for 28 months.

This was agreed to by BJP on the understanding that Soren will quit as Chief Minister by May 25 after which Munda will head the new coalition government.(ANI)

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