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New Jharkhand CM will need good numbers in this house

The chief minister’s house has a spooky history attached to it. Call it luck or pure coincidence, whoever has chosen to live in the official residence has not been able to complete the full term.

india Updated: Dec 23, 2014 20:50 IST
Saumya Mishra
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Let’s see whether the new chief minister occupies the “jinxed” official residence on Kanke Road in the Jharkhand capital.

The chief minister’s house has a spooky history attached to it. Call it luck or pure coincidence, whoever has chosen to live in the official residence has not been able to complete the full term.

The jinx reportedly affected all of them - right from Babulal Marandi to Sibu Soren and then Arjun Munda who have shared 12 and half years as head of their governments.

Concerned by its track record, present chief minister Hemant Soren chose to stay near the ATI building allotted to him when he was deputy chief minister in the Arjun Munda government.

In fact, the inhabitants of the jinxed house tried many local remedies to remove the jinx. But, it seems it has failed to work. Shibu Soren and Munda had made several changes on the campus and the main building at the advice of vastu experts. Munda even built a temple within after surviving a helicopter crash in May 2012 that later drew a lot of criticism from the opposition parties and minority wings. He changed the direction of the main entrance from west to north besides getting a new entrance from the rearside of the campus.

Munda was the last chief minister to stay in the house. He stayed here from September 2010 to January 2013. But after the fall of his government, he shifted to another accommodation near the old jail, the Kanke Road.

Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) supremo Shibu Soren also chose not to live there during two out of his three chief ministerial stints. Following his father’s footsteps, Hemant too has stayed away from the house after becoming chief minister of the reworked UPA conglomeration in July 2013.

Before Munda, however, Shibu Soren had occupied the house from August 2008 to January 2009 which was his second term as the chief minister.

In fact, the inhabitants of the jinxed house tried many local remedies to remove the jinx. But, it seems it has failed to work.

Shibu Soren and Munda had made several changes on the campus and the main building at the advice of vastu experts. Munda even built a temple within after surviving a helicopter crash in May 2012 that later drew a lot of criticism from the opposition parties and minority wings. He changed the direction of the main entrance from west to north besides getting a new entrance from the rearside of the campus.

But, the paradox is his government still could not complete full five year term. Munda had then declined believing in the jinxed tag associated with the house but said he believed in vastu and followed advices of some well-wishers.

Does Hemant believe that the house is jinxed? “I do not know the reason behind him not occupying the official residence,” said Santosh Satpathy, principal secretary to the chief minister. However, at present, a part of the house is being used as an office for the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM).

JMM general secretary Supriyo Bhattacharya said that the people had started calling the house occupied by Hemant Soren as the official chief minister residence. "Either Hemant becomes chief minister or not, he would continue to live in his present house," Satpathy said.