Hemant Soren to meet Governor, stake claim to form Govt. in Jharkhand

Ranchi, July 9 (ANI): Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) legislature party leader Hemant Soren, who claims to have the support of 42 MLAs in the 82-member state assembly, is expected to formally stake claim to form the government today.

According to an official, Soren has been given an appointment with the Jharkhand Governor Syed Ahmed at 5.30 pm.

The latest development in this regard comes nine days before the six-month period of President's rule ends in Jharkhand. The state was carved out of Bihar on November 15, 2000.

Marxist Coordination Committee MLA Arup Chatterjee, Jharkhand Janadhikar Manch MLA Bandhu Tirkey and three independent MLAs-Bidesh Singh, Chamra Linda and Harinarain Rai have already extended their support to the new JMM/Congress/RJD alliance.

Geeta Koda, another independent MLA and wife of former chief minister Madhu Koda, has also extended her support to the new alliance.

Jharkhand Party MLA Enos Ekka said his party has set a 15-point charter and his support to the alliance depends on a written assurance that the demands would be fulfilled by the future government.

If Ekka lends his support to the alliance then the Hemant Soren-led coalition will have the support of 44 MLAs in the 82-member House.

The President's rule was imposed in Jharkhand on January 18 after the JMM pulled out from the BJP-led government. (ANI)

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