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Koda to be sworn in as CM on Sept 18

Jharkhand Governor Syed Sibte Razi asks Koda to prove his majority in the House by Sept 25. Have your say

india Updated: Sep 15, 2006 20:09 IST

Independent MLA Madhu Koda, who is UPA's choice to head a new coalition government in Jharkhand after BJP-led NDA ministry bowed out of office, will be sworn in as Chief Minister on September 18 and was ordered to seek confidence vote in the assembly by September 25.

Governor Syed Sibte Razi on Friday invited Koda to form government on Monday and asked him to prove his majority in the 82-member House by September 25.

The swearing-in of 35-year-old Koda, son of a retired farm labourer, would be held on September 18 at 3:00 pm at the Morabadi grounds.

"The governor expressed satisfaction after I submitted the list of 42 supporting MLAs" and a letter of support of Forward Bloc's MLA Aparna Sen, Koda said on Friday.

While staking claim to form government on Thursday, he had also claimed the support of CPI-ML (Liberation) legislator Vinod Kumar Singh.

The CPI-ML (Liberation) would extend support on certain conditions which would be discussed at a meeting of UPA where the issues of deputy chief minister and the number of ministers in his government would also be sorted out, he said.

Koda would be the third Independant MLA in the country to don the Chief Minister's mantle after Biswanath Das in Orissa in 1971 and SK Khonglam in Meghalaya in 2002.

Koda, along with independent MLAs Enos Ekka and Harinarayan Rai as also NCP's Kamlesh Singh, had withdrawn support to the Munda government, reducing it to a minority and leading to its downfall.

First Published: Sep 15, 2006 00:00 IST