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BJP appoints observers to select Jharkhand CM

BJP appoints observers to select Jharkhand CM
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First Published: Mon, May 10 2010. 11 41 PM IST
Updated: Mon, May 10 2010. 11 41 PM IST
New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party, or BJP, appointed two of its senior leaders as observers for electing its chief ministerial candidate in Jharkhand. The parliamentary board of the party, which met on Monday claimed that it will be forming a new government in its leadership within a week.
As per the government formation modalities finalized with Jharkhand Mukti Morcha on Saturday, we will lead the government for the rest of the four and a half years, party general secretary Ananth Kumar said after the parliamentary board meeting.
Fomer chief minister Arjun Munda has been claiming support of nine tribal BJP MLAs and a few others while those backing Das argue that since JMM leader Hemant Soren is likely to be deputy chief minister, a non-tribal should become CM. They also claim that if Munda becomes CM, a Lok Sabha seat would fall vacant. BJP has 18 MLAs in Jharkhand. Former Union finance minister and party MP from Jharkhand Yashwant Sinha is also a probable candidate for chief minister’s post.
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First Published: Mon, May 10 2010. 11 41 PM IST