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Soren plays hide and seek

Onkar Singh in New Delhi | July 19, 2008 13:39 IST
Last Updated: July 19, 2008 13:45 IST

Which way the JMM swing?  The party's parliamentary board will meet later today to decide its crucial stand on the July 22 trust vote.

Though the party's chief whip Teklal Mahato said he would vote for the United Progressive Alliance, sources a final decision was yet to be taken.   

JMM chief Shibu Soren, known as Guruji in the media circles, has reportedly toughened  his stand and has been asking for either chief ministership of Jharkhand or Cabinet post(coal and mines) before agreeing to bail out the government. He has, it is learnt, made a similar demand to the BJP.

Interestingly, Soren has so far not met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh [Images], Congress president Sonia Gandhi [Images] or BJP senior leader L K Advani to apprise them of his conditions.

"Soren is son of the soil and it suits him to be there. We won't discuss the offers he has got so far. In the evening, we will announce the decision," a close confidant of Soren told

Mediapersons had been camping at Soren's residence since morning but Soren was nowhere to be seen. Where is Soren? That is a million-dollar question.





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