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Jharkhand political turmoil: Amid ‘poaching fear’ UPA MLAs head to Ranchi airport

Jharkhand is currently passing through a phase of political crisis. The opposition party BJP has demanded that the state CM Hemant Soren be disqualified from the assembly in the office of profit case.

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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Ranchi: Amid political turmoil in Jharkhand, Chief Minister Hemant Soren arrived at Ranchi airport on Tuesday along with the ruling coalition MLAs. Hemant Soren took the MLAs from the CM residence to the airport in 2 buses from where all the MLAs have left for Raipur. It is worth noting that Jharkhand is currently passing through a phase of political crisis. The opposition party BJP has demanded that the state CM Hemant Soren be disqualified from the assembly in the office of profit case.

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Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren ruled out the possibility of any unforeseen developments saying, “No unforeseen event is going to happen. We are ready for everything, the situation is under our control. If I also go with the MLAs, I will tell.

Congress spokesperson Lal Kishorenath Shahdeo said, the MLAs of the JMM-led alliance reached Birsa Munda airport directly from Chief Minister Hemant Soren’s residence, from where they are likely to go to Raipur, the capital of Congress-ruled Chhattisgarh.

All the MLAs are going to the Mayfair resort of Raipur. Police deployment has been ordered outside the resort. All the 47 rooms have also been booked in the Mayfair resort and all the MLAs will reach Raipur at 7 pm. Meanwhile, a cabinet meeting has also been called on September 1 at 4 pm in Ranchi.

The rounding-up exercise started on Saturday, when Mr Soren and 43 MLAs were seen moving bag and baggage to Khunti, around 30 km from Ranchi.

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Mr Soren is facing disqualification as an MLA after the BJP moved a plea, alleging that he violated election norms by extending a mining lease to himself. The party called for fresh elections and demanded that the Chief Minister resign “on moral grounds”

The Election Commission has held hearings on the issue and submitted its opinion to the Governor. The announcement of the verdict is expected any day now.

The ruling coalition has 49 MLAs in the 81-member Assembly. The JMM, the largest party, has 30 MLAs, the Congress 18 legislators, and Tejashwi Yadav’s Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) one.

The main opposition BJP has 26 MLAs. Minister Mithilesh Thakur had claimed that the ruling coalition has “50 MLAs (including the Speaker, which can go up to 56” while asserting that they had learnt “resort politics” from the BJP.

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