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Soren to hold crucial talks with UPA leaders

delhi Updated: Jan 08, 2009 22:52 IST
Soren to hold crucial talks with UPA leaders

After a humiliating defeat in Tamar bye-election, Chief Minister Shibu Soren will hold crucial talks with UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and other alliance leaders in New Delhi to decide on his continuation on the post on Friday.

Soren accompanied by former Chief Minister Madhu Koda and state minister Bandhu Tirkey, believed to be close to RJD chief Lalu Prasad, left Ranchi onboard a special aircraft on Thursday night.

The Jharkhand Chief Minister will be meeting senior UPA leaders including Gandhi and Union Minister Lalu Prasad in New Delhi on Friday, UPA sources added.

Earlier Soren said in Ranchi that he would meet the top UPA leadership before taking a final decision on his continuation as Chief Minister.

"I accept the defeat. I will go to Delhi on Thursday or or Friday and meet UPA leadership there, including RJD president Lalu Prasad, before taking any decision," Soren told reporters after losing the by-poll to Jharkhand Party candidate Gopal Krishna Patar.

Tirkey has dropped enough hints that the RJD supremo Prasad may once again play a key role in Jharkhand politics.

Koda and his ministers had made way for the JMM chief to take up the top post four months ago only after Gandhi and Prasad had prevailed upon them. The ministers led by Koda had raised a banner of revolt against Soren after the latter pulled out support from the Koda government.

Meanwhile Koda, the state UPA chairman, hinted that he was not averse to taking over the Chiefministership mantle again if the central UPA leadership decided on a change of guard in the state.

"I have always been adhering to the UPA directives. Whatever the leadership will say I am ready to follow it," Koda told reporters when asked whether he aspired for the post.