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Too many BJP aspirants for Jharkhand CM

With Jharkhand Chief Minister Shibu Soren having announced his readiness to give up his seat to the BJP to atone for his mistake of voting for the wrong side in Parliament on Monday, the race to become the next chief minister of the state has begun in earnest. BJP calls Jharkhand unit leaders to Delhi

delhi Updated: May 01, 2010 09:36 IST
HT Correspondents
HT Correspondents
Hindustan Times
Hindustantimes

With Jharkhand Chief Minister Shibu Soren having announced his readiness to give up his seat to the BJP to atone for his mistake of voting for the wrong side in Parliament on Monday, the race to become the next chief minister of the state began in earnest on Friday.

The three frontrunners are BJP general secretary and former Jharkhand CM Arjun Munda, former union finance minister Yashwant Sinha and current Jharkhand deputy CM Rabhubar Das.

Munda has the advantage of being a tribal in a state which has never had a non-tribal CM. But many in the BJP high command would rather see Sinha lead the state, given his vast administrative experience, as well as Munda’s mixed performance the last time he ruled.