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India's Jharkhand State in Political Turmoil

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The governor of India's eastern state of Jharkhand, Syed Sibtey Razi, says he will move up the deadline for the state's chief minister to prove a majority in the assembly. Earlier, the governor gave the new Congress-led coalition until March 21st to prove that it has the support of at least 41 lawmakers in the 81-member state assembly. But on Friday he moved up the deadline after meeting in New Delhi with Indian President Abdul Kalam, who also met with several opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (B-J-P) leaders. Mr. Razi did not disclose the new deadline. The B-J-P contends the governor should have asked it first to form the government because it won 30 seats in last month's elections, the largest won by any single party. But the governor says he asked the Congress-led coalition first because it won 33 seats.
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