As Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren’s Troubles Mount, Brother Basant Meets BJP Leaders: Sources

Summary:
The Jharkhand government is in crisis following reports that the Election Commission of India has recommended chief minister Hemant Soren’s disqualification as MLA. The ruling MLAs have been shifted to a guest house in Khunti, and a meeting was held at the chief minister’s residence to chalk out a strategy to deal with the emerging scenario. BJP’s Godda MP Nishikant Dubey has tweeted that some MLAs are reluctant to go and are waiting for the orders of senior JMM leader Basant Soren. The ECI sent its opinion to Ramesh Bais on August 25 on a plea seeking disqualification of the chief minister as an MLA for violating electoral norms by extending a mining lease to himself. Meanwhile, Raj Bhavan sources said the governor may take a call by evening on the ECI views on the “disqualification” of the chief minister as an MLA and send the disqualification order to the commission.

The Jharkhand government is in crisis following reports that the Election Commission of India has recommended chief minister Hemant Soren’s disqualification as MLA. The ruling MLAs have been shifted to a guest house in Khunti, and a meeting was held at the chief minister’s residence to chalk out a strategy to deal with the emerging scenario. BJP’s Godda MP Nishikant Dubey has tweeted that some MLAs are reluctant to go and are waiting for the orders of senior JMM leader Basant Soren.

The ECI sent its opinion to Ramesh Bais on August 25 on a plea seeking disqualification of the chief minister as an MLA for violating electoral norms by extending a mining lease to himself. Meanwhile, Raj Bhavan sources said the governor may take a call by evening on the ECI views on the “disqualification” of the chief minister as an MLA and send the disqualification order to the commission.

If Hemant Soren is disqualified as MLA, it would mean that he would also lose his position as chief minister. This would plunge Jharkhand into a political crisis, with President’s Rule being imposed in the state if no party is able to form a government within six months. The BJP is likely to stake claim to form a government if this happens, given that it is the largest party in Jharkhand Assembly with 30 MLAs.

This development comes as a big blow to the young chief minister, who was only elected last year. Hemant Soren belongs to the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) party, which has 18 MLAs in the Assembly. His brother Basant Soren is also an MLA and is said to be one of the key persons behind this move against Hemant Soren. It remains to be seen how this political crisis unfolds in Jharkhand in the coming days.

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