Hemant Soren, the Chief Minister of Jharkhand, today met Governor Ramesh Bais at the Raj Bhavan in Ranchi. According to the Chief Minister, the meeting was in light of the current political uncertainty prevailing in the state and alleged attempts by the BJP to create confusion.
Mr Soren tweeted: “At a meeting with the Honorable Rajpal Shri Ramesh Bais ji in Raj Bhavan today, a letter was handed over to allay the uncertainty of unexpected and unfortunate circumstances occurring in the state for more than three weeks.. .. the unethical efforts being made by BJP in this state of confusion.”
राजभवन में माननीय राजपाल श्री रमेश बैस जी से मुलाकात कर राज्य में विगत तीन सप्ताह से अधिक समय से उत्पन्न अनापेक्षित और दुर्भाग्यपूर्ण परिस्थितियों की अनिश्चितता को दूर करने हेतु पत्र सौंपा जिससे इस भ्रम की स्थिति में भाजपा द्वारा किये से सके। pic.twitter.com/TOr1ta7Njt
— Hemant Soren (@HemantSorenJMM) September 15, 2022
Earlier this month, Mr Soren won the majority test in the Jharkhand assembly by 48 votes in his favor. The ruling coalition has 49 MLAs in the 81-member assembly, in which the majority is 41. Mr Soren’s majority test was conducted amid a threat of disqualification from the assembly over corruption charges. He claimed that the BJP had attempted to overthrow his government through technical errors.
The BJP says Hemant Soren should be disqualified from MLA over allegations that he violated election standards by giving himself a mining lease. The party has called for new elections and has demanded that the Chief Minister resign “on moral grounds”.
If Mr. Soren is disqualified as an MLA, he cannot continue as Chief Minister. Mr Soren and his party JMM have accused the BJP of trying to take advantage of the crisis and lure MLAs of the ruling coalition to cross over and topple the elected government.