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Updated: December 28, 2009 02:58 IST

Soren to be sworn in on Wednesday

Shoumojit Banerjee
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Jharkhand Mukti Morcha chief Shibu Soren flashes the victory sign as he meets his supporters at his residence in Ranchi on Sunday.
PTI Jharkhand Mukti Morcha chief Shibu Soren flashes the victory sign as he meets his supporters at his residence in Ranchi on Sunday.

Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) supremo Shibu Soren will be sworn in the seventh Chief Minister on December 30.

After meeting Governor K. Sankaranarayanan on Sunday, Mr. Soren said he would like to take the oath that day.

The JMM entered into an alliance with the BJP and the All Jharkhand Students Union (AJSU) after the Assembly poll results for 81 seats delivered a fractured mandate on Wednesday. The alliance staked its claim to form a government after its leaders met the Governor on Saturday.

This is the third time Mr. Soren will serve as Chief Minister. He was forced to step down twice – in 2005 after occupying the post for only nine days in March, and in January 2009, after losing the Tamar by-election to political greenhorn and then independent candidate Gopal Krishna Patar alias Raja Peter.

The JMM and the BJP have 18 legislators each, while the AJSU has five. The combine has a total of 45 MLAs, with Sudha Chaudhuri and Raja Peter of the JD (U) and Adivasi Chatra Sangh leader Chamra Linda announcing their support.

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