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Astrological precautions and Sibu Soren

Even astrological precautions taken by Sibu Soren (66) during his third stint of Jharkhand Chief Minister didn't work for him. He was once again forced to resign on Sunday, just within five months since the oath taking, without completing a full term of five years.

india Updated: May 31, 2010 23:28 IST
Madan Kumar

Even astrological precautions taken by Sibu Soren (66) during his third stint of Jharkhand Chief Minister didn't work for him. He was once again forced to resign on Sunday, just within five months since the oath taking, without completing a full term of five years.

Just a day after taking oath of CM's office on December 30, 2009 for the third time, Soren announced not to move in the officially notified Chief Minister's residence at 3, Kanke Road, in the state capital. The decision was not administrative.

"The CM then decided not to move in the notified CM House at 3, Kanke Road, because some city-based astrologers advised him that the CM's official residence had many Vaastu-related defects. Accordingly, officers were asked to furnish the Soren's Morhabadi Ground residence as per his wish," a senior official of Building Department, requesting anonymity, told Hindustan Times.

Some of the main defects, pointed by Vaastu experts, were that the CM house has two entrance gates in west side, which was not considered suitable for a "king." Similarly, the huge vacant plot in the front side and security personnel's house on western side were other vaastu defects.

Despite severe criticism in local media for propagating superstitions in the name of vaastu, Soren had then declared that he would not move in the CM House at Kanke Road and would continue to stay at the Morhabadi Ground residence. Accordingly, the Morhabadi Ground residence was later notified as the "CM House" and the building department spent over Rs 10 lakh to furnish it as CM's residence.

As per Soren's order, several architectural modifications were made even in the Morhabadi residence as per the advices of astrologers and vaastu experts.

Moreover, Soren had also re-scheduled his oath-taking ceremony, advancing it by three-and-a-half hours, on December 30 last year, as per the advice of astrologers, so that he could hold the CM's chair for a full term of five years.

The JMM chief was to take oath as CM in the afternoon of December 30. But the timing was advanced by three and half hours on the advice of astrologers.

On December 26, 2009 when the then Jharkhand Governor K Sankaranarayanan invited him to form the new government, Soren had informed that he would take the oath on December 30 at 2:00 pm. But, on December 28, Soren informed the Raj Bhavan that the oath-taking ceremony should be held at 10:30 am.

And, he took oath at 10.30 am considering it as the "most auspicious time" on that day.