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Jharkhand ministers meet Soren in jail

Jharkhand ministers, legislators and workers of JMM are making a beeline for Dumka jail to meet Shibu Soren.

india Updated: Jan 11, 2007 13:01 IST

Jharkhand ministers, legislators and workers of the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) are making a beeline for Dumka jail to meet party leader Shibu Soren, serving life term for the murder of his private aide.

On Sunday, a team of JMM Lok Sabha MPs and legislators met Chief Minister Madhu Koda in Ranchi and conveyed to him their unhappiness over the functioning of the government.

On Soren's suggestion, a coordination committee of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government will meet on Tuesday in Ranchi to discuss a common agenda for the government.

"After Shibu Soren was jailed, the Koda government has become directionless. We will not allow the government to promote corruption," Sunil Mahto, a JMM MP, told reporters.

On Sunday, Agriculture Minister and JMM legislator Nalin Soren met Shibu Soren in jail after waiting for nearly an hour.

With Soren back in Jharkhand, the JMM has been galvanised into action.

Till the JMM chief was in Tihar jail in New Delhi, the JMM leaders were silent and did not pass any statement. Now they are reported to be getting "guidelines" from their "Gururji" (Shibu Soren).

The former coal minister is enjoying VIP status in Dumka jail. The jail authorities are on their toes to fulfil the demands of the jailed JMM leader, said one source.

Soren was brought to Jamtara from New Delhi on Friday under heavy security. He is serving life imprisonment for the murder of his personal secretary Shashinath Jha in 1995.

Soren will remain in Jharkhand till the trial is completed of two murder cases, including a 1974 murder in Giridih district. The next date of production in the Chirudih case is January 16.

The Chirudih case relates to the killing of 11 people including nine Muslims in 1975. Soren is accused of inciting a mob to kill people dubbed "outsiders".