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HindustanTimes Thu,10 Jul 2014

Tripathi replaces Dubey, likely to take oath today

Gautam Mazumdar, Hindustantimes.com  Ranchi, February 21, 2014
First Published: 15:15 IST(21/2/2014) | Last Updated: 15:36 IST(21/2/2014)

Congress legislator from Daltonganj KN Tripathi will replace Chandrasekhar Dubey in the Hemant cabinet. This was officially announced on Thursday.

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Dubey was dropped on Wednesday for criticising Hemant and calling him the 'most corrupt' among all chief ministers he has seen.

The AICC cleared Tripathi's name in consultation with Jharkhand state Congress in-charge BK Hariprasad.

Tripathi is likely to take oath as minister on Friday after the chief minister's office forwarded his name to Raj Bhawan, requesting time for the oath.

Tripathi is likely to get the same portfolios — rural development and labour.

However, speculations were doing the rounds that Hemant  Soren might do a little readjustment reshuffling few departments.

"It's a great responsibility, the party has given to me and I will try to discharge it to the best of my abilities," Tripathi said after the announcement.

He became a legislator for the first time defeating BJP candidate Dilip Singh Namdhari, son of Chatra MP and former Jharkhand assembly speaker Inder Singh Namdhari from Chatra in 2009 assembly polls.

An outspoken legislator and vocal MLA in the House, Tripathi was had been the chairman of NREGA cell of the Congress.

Meanwhile, Dubey upped the ante against Hemant and said he would expose the 'corrupt' practices at the instance of Hemant.

Determined to take the bull by horns, the axed minister met Congress president Sonia Gandhi in New Delhi in Parliament office on Thursday, briefing her about Hemant's involvement in corruption.

He said Sonia has asked him to submit the complaints in writing.

Dubey said, "Hemant had struck a deal with a Mumbai-based company, allowing it to lift sand from the river beds and alleged that the company had greased his younger brother's palm by paying Rs. 550 crore."

The matter was shelved when the alliance partners threw spanner in the wheels, he said.

"A similar thing is in the offing in the settlement of foreign liquor retails," he alleged and mentioned that corruption was rampant in the largescale transfer and postings of government officials.

Dubey also mentioned the government has shelved the plans drawn during the President's rule.


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