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Jharkhand CM holds cabinet meet in rival JMM bastion

Sunday’s meeting was only the third time that the state’s sub-capital has hosted the cabinet.

Written by Deepu Sebastian Edmond | Ranchi |
February 23, 2015 12:20:56 am
Raghubar Das Raghubar Das

Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das on Sunday began an earnest attempt to capture hearts and minds in the JMM stronghold of the state’s Santhal Pargana region by holding the first meeting of his expanded cabinet in Dumka.

Sunday’s meeting was only the third time that the state’s sub-capital has hosted the cabinet. Ironically, none of these meetings have been held during the tenures of JMM chief ministers. BJP’s Arjun Munda chaired the previous meetings in 2005 and 2011.

The BJP already has a foot in the door in the Santhal Pargana. In the last assembly elections, then chief minister Hemant Soren lost to BJP nominee Lois Marandi from the Dumka constituency.  Marandi is now a minister in the Das cabinet.

Dumka district is one of the six that comprise the Santhal Pargana. Three of the BJP’s seven legislators from the Santhal Pargana are ministers in the 11-member cabinet.
Apart from announcing the maintenance of multiple roads, the cabinet also announced that it would meet in Dumka once every three months.

It was also decided that the government would create a new cadred position of Director General, Police. Though the title has not been decided yet, sources in the government said D.K. Pandey, a Jharkhand-cadre officer who is with the CRPF now, will be elevated to the position.

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