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12 Ministers to take oath in J'khand, Cong to join govt

Written by: Staff

Ranchi, Sep 17: Jharkhand Chief Minister-designate Madhu Koda, at the head of a 12-member Ministry comprising the Congress, JMM, RJD and other UPA partners, will take oath at 1500 hrs tomorrow at historic Morhabadi ground here.

UPA co-ordination committee in Jharkhand chairperson Sibu Soren's assertion (JMM) to this effect today put at rest all speculation and controversies on this score, which were sought to be made an issue by the Opposition NDA.

The NDA yesterday urged Governor Syed Sibtey Razi to ensure that oath of office and secrecy be administered to all 12 Ministers at one go.

Mr Soren told reporters here that the names of the Ministers had almost been finalised with some minor details to be addressed regarding the Home portfolio.

Asked about the post of Speaker with specific reference to Mr Stephen Marandi (Ind), whose name was doing the rounds, the Coal Minister said many names were in the list and discussions were going on.

Mr Soren was appointed yesterday to head the steering committee and the coordination committee of the UPA coalition in Jharkhand.

The decision emerged at a UPA meeting yesterday that the JMM supremo would head the 21-member steering committee comprising chiefs of allies and their representatives.

Besides, the JMM president would head the coordination committee comprising representations from all the allies, including Independent MLAs or their representatives.

An advisory council formed at the meeting had been asked to prepare a list of basic requirements of the people and problems like water, electricity and roads.

The common minimum programme of the UPA would be made by a draft committee.

With supporters swelling particularly from the people from his native Patahatu village invited with special instruction from Mr Koda, the authorities, meanwhile, have taken all possible measures to ensure a smooth oath taking ceremony to be held at the historic Morhabadi ground tomorrow.

Mr Koda instructed Chief Secretary M K Mandal to issue invitation cards to all people in his native place and ensure smooth ferrying of the people from the place from where he started his political career.

Security had been tightened, and senior government officials monitoring the arrangements today said adding Chief Secretary M K Mandal and DGP V D Ram were personally inspecting the venue to avoid any hiccup in the run up to tomorrow's function.

Mr Koda had earlier urged the Governor to hold the function at Birsa Chowk near the Assembly premises, but it was not obliged on security grounds.

Among special invitees, outgoing Chief Minister Arjun Munda had confirmed his participation at the function.


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