Jharkhand's new Chief Minister Champai Soren will face the electoral test at 11 am today to prove his majority in the Assembly. The politician took over the top post after his boss Hemant Soren resigned before being arrested by law enforcement last week. The ruling JMM-led alliance, which had sequestered its MLAs at a resort in Hyderabad to prevent poaching, brought back its leaders to Ranchi on Sunday evening.
While the JMM claimed that the poll test was “just a formality” as it had the support of 47 MLAs, the BJP on Monday claimed that the coalition's move to hide its MLAs showed a lack of trust.
Here are the top updates:
- According to Manoj Pandey of JMM, the soil test is just a “formality”. “The spirit of the opposition is already weak given the numbers and unity of the INDIA alliance. The number can also exceed 48. Our party, our alliance is united,” he said. JMM general secretary Supriyo Bhattacharya said the Champai Soren government currently has the support of less than 47 MPs.
- BJP spokesperson Pratul Shah Deo said Jharkhand “lost” regardless of the result of the soil test. “The way Jharkhand has been humiliated in front of the national and international community is absolutely shocking. A prime minister was on the run for 40 hours without a trace, without contact with the state's top officials. “The people of the state were at their own mercy,” he said.
- Jharkhand Opposition Leader Amar Kumari Bauri also criticized the previous state government under Hemant Soren, saying they gave priority to corruption instead of fulfilling promises. “We hope he (Champai Soren) will fulfill the promises for which they were elected… Their (JMM and Congress) MPs are still in detention. Today in the Assembly we want to know what their (MLAs) conscience will say,” he said.
- On Sunday, the MLAs of the JMM-led alliance, who had been staying at a resort in Hyderabad for the last three days, were flown back to Ranchi. Upon arrival, they expressed confidence of winning the confidence vote, saying they had the support of 48 to 50 MPs. JMM legislator Mithilesh Thakur alleged that some of the BJP MPs are also supporting the 'Mahagathbandhan' in the state.
- Champai Soren formed a government on Friday amid allegations of deliberate delay by the governor. He has claimed the support of 47 MLAs in the 81-member Jharkhand Assembly. The BJP-led NDA has 29 MLAs in the assembly, including the 26 MLAs of the BJP and three of the AJSU.
- After Hemant Soren was arrested by the ED on January 31 for alleged land fraud, his close aide Champai Soren approached the governor and sought the support of 47 legislators.
- However, some MLAs did not sign the letter of support but are still in the coalition.
- According to reports, some of the JMM MLAs who did not support Champai Soren may not attend the floor test.
- Jharkhand's former chief minister Hemant Soren will leave jail on Monday to attend the voting process during the polling after a special court in Ranchi granted him permission on Saturday.
- One of the JMM MLAs, Lobin Hembrom, on Sunday criticized the move to accommodate the MLAs in a luxurious resort in Hyderabad. However, the JMM leadership has stated that Hembrom will vote for the coalition government.
(With inputs from PTI, ANI)
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