Paswan bats for Soren as Chief Minister

Batting for JMM supremo Shibu Soren as Jharkhand chief minister, Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) chief Ram Vilas Paswan said he should be given a chance as he can prove he is better than incumbent Madhu Koda.

"Soren can prove a better chief minister than the incumbent chief minister (Koda) in Jharkhand. LJP is of the opinion that he should be given a chance," Paswan told reporters at New Delhi on Tuesday, Aug 12.

"If an Independent chief minister can rule for over one-and-a-half-year, then what is the problem if Soren gets the chair for the remaining period?" he asked.

Showering praises on the tribal leader, Paswan said Soren is not a product of one day. "He is one of those leaders, who are rooted to the grass root level and has a strong mass base among the tribal community," he said.

Paswan, however, refused to comment on the JMM's demand for induction of its MPs in the Union cabinet.