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Power Struggle in India's Jharkhand State Continues

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The chief minister of India's eastern state of Jharkhand has taken 41 lawmakers to the presidential palace to prove to the president that he has a working majority in the 81-member assembly.

Chief Minister Shibu Soren will now have to prove his Congress party-led alliance's majority in the state assembly by calling for a confidence vote before March 21st. But the Bharatiya Janata Party or BJP says it should have been given the first chance to form a government because it won 30 seats, the most by a single party. The state governor asked the Congress-led alliance to form the government because it won 33 seats, three more than the BJP. India's President Abdul Kalam says he will announce his decision only after the governor calls on him and explains his action.

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