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The Indian Herald

January 8, 2009

Jharkhand CM Shibu Soren loses election

Chief Minister Shibu Soren has lost the bypoll to his opponent Raja Peter by a margin of 9,000 votes. The unprecendeted defeat may lead to President's rule in the State.

Peter is the candidate of Jharkhand Party (JP). Ever since the counting began in the morning, the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) leader and UPA candidate, Shibu Soren, was trailing by over 4,000 votes.

Though the margin of lead decreased later in the afternoon, Soren continued to trail. Ultimately he lost the election. With Soren's loss, the Jharkhand state government is in deep trouble.

As Congress has said that it is not going to stake claim to form the next government, there could be imposition of the President's rule in the state. It is rare for a Chief Minister to lose a bypoll. The leader of JP, Enos Ekka, had affirmed that his party candidate Raja Peter would eventually emerge victorious.

Tamar is a stronghold of Maoists and has witnessed Naxalite violence in the past. JMM supremo Shibu Soren had to seek election to Assembly within six months after he became Chief Minister of Jharkhand. The constituency had fallen vacant after the death of JD (U) MLA.

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