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Adamant Soren won't quit, will contest again
January 09, 2009 19:04 IST
Last Updated: January 09, 2009 20:31 IST
In a sudden turn of events, Jharkhand Chief Minister Shibu Soren on Friday dropped the idea of resignation following his defeat in Tamar Assembly bypoll and said he would contest again.
Jamtara MLA Vishnu [Images] Bhaiyya resigned earlier in the day to pave the way for Soren to contest from there.
He said that he had vacated his seat for Soren and has invited him to contest from Jamtara.
"I have decided to resign in favour of Guruji as I believe that Tamar is not the end of politics in Jharkhand. The defeat can in no way cast aspersions on the stature of Guruji, who is a leader of entire Jharkhand," Vishnu said.
The development came as a shot in the arm for Soren, who till early morning had indicated that he may step down.
Even as Soren met Maken and apprised him of the situation in the state in the wake of his defeat, Congress spokesman Shakeel Ahmed said 'the verdict of the people should be honoured'.
"It is (defeat) a setback for the (UPA) government," he said.
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