Amidst the political crisis in Jharkhand, a one-day session of the Legislative Assembly has been called today. Meets UPA MLAs ahead of one-day assembly session.
Ranchi: Amidst the political crisis in Jharkhand, a one-day session of the Legislative Assembly has been called today. Hemant Soren will take the trust vote in the one-day special session of the Jharkhand Legislative Assembly. Over 30 MLAs from the ruling Jharkhand Mukti Morcha-led UPA alliance, who took refuge in neighbouring Chhattisgarh five days ago, returned to Ranchi last evening. Where they were kept at a luxury resort to prevent any poaching.
Hemant Soren also held a meeting with the MLAs yesterday.The opposition BJP says that Hemant Soren should be disqualified as an MLA for violating electoral norms by giving himself a mining lease. The party has called for fresh elections and demanded that the chief minister resign “on moral grounds”. Those who had moved to Ranchi in neighbouring Chhattisgarh amid poaching speculations included 13 MLAs from Congress – including four ministers – and 18 MLAs of the JMM.t
If Mr Soren is disqualified, he cannot become chief minister unless he is re-elected within six months. Mr Soren and his party JMM accused the BJP of trying to take advantage of the crisis and lure ruling coalition legislators to cross over and bring down the elected government, following the pattern in states such as Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka.
The Election Commission has submitted its opinion to the governor, who is expected to announce his decision on Mr. Soren someday. The BJP had sought the disqualification of Soren as an MLA, accusing him of allocating a mining lease to himself while he held the state cabinet’s mining portfolio in 2021.
The ruling coalition has 49 MLAs in the 81-member assembly, with a majority mark of 41. The JMM has 30, the single largest party, the Congress has 18 and Tejashwi Yadav’s Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) has one. The BJP, which is the main opposition, has 26 MLAs. All eyes are now on the Jharkhand Assembly that will assemble for a one-day special session. The Opposition BJP had also convened its legislature party’s meeting on Sunday to chalk out its strategy in the House.