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Shibu Soren will continue as chief minister, says son

india Updated: May 02, 2010 20:21 IST
Hemant Soren

Hemant Soren, who has emerged as the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha's (JMM) key negotiator with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to save the Jharkhand government, claimed on Sunday that his father Shibu Soren would continue to be the chief minister.

Talking to reporters at Ranchi airport after his arrival from New Delhi, Hemant Soren said: "At this moment Shibu Soren is chief minister and he will continue on the post."

He refused to divulge details of the meeting with the BJP in New Delhi Saturday.

"The talks with BJP leaders took place in a good atmosphere and further talks will be held."

Hemant Soren returned to Ranchi along with BJP state president and Deputy Chief Minister Raghubar Das and the All Jharkhand Students Union's (AJSU) chief and Deputy Chief Minister Sudesh Mahto.

The JMM-BJP government is supported by AJSU and Janata Dal-United legislators.

Jharkhand plunged into political crisis after Shibu Soren voted in favour of the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance on the cut motions in parliament moved by the BJP April 27.

The following day, the BJP parliamentary board decided to withdraw support to his government, but has put the decision on hold and is examining possibilities of forming an alternative government.

The BJP, JMM and AJSU leaders, at their meeting in New Delhi Saturday, are believed to have agreed to continue Shibu Soren as chief minister till they decide on their next move.