Jharkhand minister Simon Marandi sacked

May 07, 2014 - 1:59:22 am

Ranchi: Jharkhand Governor Syed Ahmad yesterday sacked Food Supply Minister Simon Marandi after Chief Minister Hemant Soren recommended his dismissal, apparently for working against the interests of the ruling JMM in the Lok Sabha elections.

“The chief minister has recommended dismissal of Marandi. The file related to the dismissal of the food supply minister was sent to Ahmad on Monday night,” an official said.

Marandi is a senior Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) leader. Soren is leading the JMM-led ruling coalition in the state. The decision to dismiss Marandi was taken as he has allegedly worked against the JMM in the Lok Sabha polls.

Marandi, according to party sources, has appealed to his supporters to ensure the defeat of JMM chief Shibu Soren and Vijay Hansda.  Marandi wanted the JMM to field his son for the Rajmahal Lok Sabha constituency. But as his son was denied the ticket, Marandi revolted against the party.