Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren meets Congress leader Avinash Pande amid political crisis

Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren met with the state’s Congressman Avinash Pande on Sunday to discuss the strategy amid the political crisis in the state. The hour-long meeting took place at the State Guest House.

Asked about Governor Ramesh Bais’ delayed decision on the post of chief minister, Soren said “it is the governor who can best answer this question.”

Asked about the strategic meeting, Jharkhand Congress Speaker Rajesh Thakur said, “This meeting was held between the Chief Minister and the Congress State Official Avinash Pande. “It’s not fair to go public. But yes, they discussed the state’s political situation and the cloud of uncertainty.”

On Saturday, a meeting of the Congress Legislative Party (CLP) was held to deliberate on an approach for further action. Congress leader and health minister Banna Gupta said a plot had been hatched to destabilize the coalition government.

“A plot has been hatched to destabilize the government of our state. Across the country, elected governments are destabilized. Now it has become a standard. Congress strongly opposes it and there is no crisis in government,” Gupta said.

Ruling alliance says coalition ‘stays strong’

In the 81-member Jharkhand Assembly, the ruling coalition has 30 lawmakers from Hemant Soren’s Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM), 18 Congress MPs and one Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) MP. The ruling alliance pledged its support for Soren and said the government “remains strong”.

The developments come amid speculation over Soren’s possible disqualification as a Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) for allegedly ignoring ballot standards by extending a mining lease to himself.

The opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) demanded the disqualification of the Assembly Chief Minister accusing him of awarding himself a mining lease while holding the mining portfolio in 2021. In February. The BJP had submitted a memorandum to the governor requesting the disqualification of Hemant Soren under Section 9(A) of the Representation of the People Act.

The governor had forwarded the BJP’s complaint to the Election Commission of India (ECI). Following this, the voting committee had issued an opinion to Soren.

(With contributions from the agency)