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The politics of Jharkhand

AICC leader in charge of Jharkhand and Union Minister Ajay Maken recommended to the party high command last week...

AICC leader in charge of Jharkhand and Union Minister Ajay Maken recommended to the party high command last week that a fresh election should be held in the state to secure a clear mandate and end the political uncertainty. In fact,he has been advocating this for the last 16 months,ever since he was given charge of Jharkhand. His party colleagues,however,offer a different explanation for his quest for a fresh mandate. Former chief minister Madhu Koda had secured direct access to the Congress high command and,therefore,bypassed Maken,who,backed by the state Congress unit,campaigned for his ouster. But when Koda made way for Shibu Soren,the latter too cared little for Maken’s post. The Union Minister is,therefore,not very keen on getting another person from the current dispensation as the new chief minister,preferring fresh elections that would open up other possibilities. Incidentally,Jharkhand Party candidate Raja Pater,who defeated Soren in the Tamar bypoll,had earlier sought entry into the Congress. While Maken had supported him,he could not guarantee him an Assembly ticket.

First published on: 12-01-2009 at 01:10:31 am
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