Ranchi: Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren and MLAs of the ruling coalition were seen leaving for Khunti district on three buses amid the deepening political crisis in Jharkhand due to the uncertainty over CM Soren’s fate as an MLA.
The MLAs of the ruling camp have now been shifted to a guest house in Khunti district, which is nearly 32km away from Ranchi.
Amidst the political crisis in Jharkhand, three volvo buses seen carrying MLAs of the JMM-led ruling alliance from the Jharkhand chief minister’s residence today.
On the other hand, Jharkhand Congress Legislative Party has scheduled a meeting this evening with Incharge Avinash Pande presiding. In the 81-member Jharkhand Assembly, the ruling union has 30 MLAs of the JMM, 18 MLAs of the Congress and one MLA of the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD).
Soren had announced a meeting of the state’s ruling UPA coalition members. Earlier in the day, several MLAs were seen arriving for the meeting with luggage and bags. There is a speculation that the MLAs will be taken to Congress-ruled Chhattisgarh.
Earlier the meeting at Soren’s house the Congress Jharkhand president Rajesh Thakur said that all the MLAs have been asked to come prepared. “I have no information about this. MLAs are coming with luggage for the meeting because they have been asked to be ready. We will let you know if MLAs are asked to shift somewhere,” Thakur said.
“Jharkhand’s politics is different… BJP is trying to pollute politics here. If EC sends a report in a sealed envelope, it gets leaked even before it’s opened. The alliance government’s recent decisions will affect their (BJP) base in tribal areas,” Jharkhand Congress working president Bandhu Tirkey told ANI.
Taking a dig at the Soren-led meeting, BJP leader Nishikant Dubey said, “Even after scrambling, only 33 MLAs could gather in Ranchi.” Meanwhile this morning Soren tweeted that he hailed from the tribal community and was unaffected by the ongoing slugfest.
“This is a tribal son. Never have our ways ever been stopped by their tactics nor have we ever been afraid. Our ancestors have long removed the feeling of fear from us. There’s no place of fear in the DNA of us Adivasis,” tweeted Jharkhand CM.
On Friday MLAs of the ruling coalition assured Soren of their support. Congress leader and Jharkhand Health Minister Banna Gupta said yesterday that the JMM-Congress coalition is “standing strong”.
“Today’s meeting of the MLAs came a day after CM Soren denied receiving any communication from the ECI or Governor Ramesh Bais on the statements about the poll body “recommending his disqualification as an MLA.”
The Chief Minister’s office released a statement on Thursday after several media reports speculated that the ECI has sent a report to the Governor about Soren’s disqualification.
“The Chief Minister is apprised of several media reports about ECI sending a report to Honorable Governor -Jharkhand ‘apparently recommending his disqualification as an MLA’. No communication in this regard has been received by CMO from either ECI or Governor,” read the statement.
Soren has alleged that the EC report was “drafted” by the principal opposition party in Jharkhand, BJP with its 25 MLAs, to topple the Jharkhand government.
The trail of events gained pace after Nishikant Dubey, BJP Member of Parliament from Godda, Jharkhand, tweeted that a letter from the ECI has reached the Raj Bhavan.
The BJP has sought the disqualification of Soren as an MLA accusing him of allocating a mining lease to himself while he held the portfolio of Mines Minister in 2021.
(With inputs from ANI and PTI)