The Political instability in Jharkhand has deepened its roots as the turmoil shoots up, amid the threats of Hemant Soren being disqualified has been unveiled. Chief Minister Hemant Soren has been jeopardised by disqualification as MLA over the Mining lease case.
In this theatrical turn of events, suspicious poaching continues from the side of the main opposition BJP. Congress has called an emergency meeting to discuss the matters of the unprecedented scenarios Soren and legislators of the ruling JMM-Congress-RJD left on three buses.
The JMM-led coalition illustrated an immaculate image of their visit to the Khunti district. They shared glimpses of picturesque Latratu’s dam. They put up at a guest house near Latratu dam in the Khunti district.
The situation worsened when a ‘sealed envelope’ from the Enforcement Directorate (ED) reached the Jharkhand governor, Ramesh Bais.
According to sources from Raj Bhavan, Ramesh Bais (governor) is likely to have sent the order of Soren’s disqualification as an MLA to the Election Commission of India.
The ECI sent its statement to Bais (on August 25, 2020) regarding the disqualification of Soren as MLA, given that he violated electoral norms by extending a mining lease.
The reports encompassing the crisis implied that preparations are under the pipeline regarding the shift of ruling coalition MLAs to friendly states. The states involve West Bengal or Chattisgarh, to prevent poaching attempts by the BJP.
Chief minister Hemant Soren and the legislators moved out of the state capital Ranchi in three buses. They were guarded by heavy security, even as fears of poaching by the main opposition BJP grew. Congress had a big legislative meeting after the return to Ranchi.
The grand old party is a crucial ally of the JMM-led coalition government and assembled to examine the political events with the aim to reach a conclusion.
After the legislative party meeting, Banna Gupta stated that a conspiracy was hatched that was to destabilise the state government. The destabilisation has now become a norm. Congress stood tall against it and there’s no crisis in the government.
A marathon of the third round of meetings took place between legislators of the ruling alliance at the chief minister’s residence. The decision to move out of the state capital came after chalking out strategies to deal with emergent scenarios.
The party urged legal action against BJP leaders for publicising a documented official decision despite no assurance from either ECI or Raj Bhavan.
The Congress said it will welcome the ECE’s decision on a plea seeking Soren’s disqualification as an MLA while accusing the BJP of trying to destabilise the state government from Day 1.
War amidst political parties: As BJP wants Soren’s Disqualification
The petitioner, Bharatiya Janata Party has proposed and strived for Soren’s disqualification for violating Section 9 (A) of the Representation of the People Act, 1951. The act bargains with disqualification for government contracts.
The clause states that “a person shall be disqualified if, and for so long as, there is a contract entered into by him in the course of his trade or business with the appropriate government for the supply of goods to, or for the execution of any works undertaken by, that government”.
The issue was put forward and presented in front of the governed and by him to the EC, as Article 192 of the Constitution states that on rulings regarding an MLAs disqualification, the question shall be referred to the governor who in turn “shall obtain the opinion of the Election Commission and shall act according to such opinion”.
The ruling coalition stands with 49 MLAs in the 81-member Assembly. The JMM is a gigantic party with 30 MLAs, with the Congress at 18 and the RJD at one. The opposition BJP whereas stands with 26 MLAs in the House.
The coalition partners have asserted that there is no danger to the government. The JMM is assured that Soren will be chairing the position of Chief Minister for a full term till 2024.