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Jharkhand CM Madhu Koda resigns

August 23, 2008 19:00 IST
Last Updated: August 23, 2008 20:05 IST


Jharkhand Chief Minister Madhu Koda resigned on Saturday, capping a week of political turmoil in the wake of withdrawal of support by Shibu Soren-led Jharkhand Mukti Morcha.

Koda met Governor Syed Sibte Razi in Ranchi today evening -- after a meeting with Congress president Sonia Gandhi [Images] in New Delhi [Images] earlier in the day -- and handed over his resignation.

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Koda, who was accompanied by five independent Members of Legislative Assembly to the Raj Bhawan, told reporters later that his government was reduced to a minority.

"After the turn of events in the last few days, morally and democratically, I felt I should resign and that is why I handed over my resignation to the Governor," he said.

Koda said that the United Progressive Alliance leadership in Delhi, which had supported him for the last two years, did not back him any more.

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"That is why I felt it was right for me to submit the resignation to the governor", he added.

He said he would not support a new government.

Koda met the Governor shortly after returning to Ranchi from Delhi and meeting the independent legislators, five of whom are ministers.

The meeting was attended by Deputy Chief Minister Stephen Marandi, Health Minister Bhanupratap Sahi, Welfare Minister Joba Majhi, Science and Technology Minister Chandraprakash Choudhury and Urban Development Minister Harinarain Rai.

The JMM withdrew support to the Koda government on August 17.

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