Ranchi, September 15: Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren on Thursday met Governor Ramesh Bais and urged him to clear the confusion prevailing in the state for the last three weeks over his continuation as an MLA in an office of profit case.
The opposition Bhartiya Janata Party was using this “atmosphere of uncertainty” to destabilise a democratically elected government by trying to poach MLAs, Soren claimed.
Provide a copy of the decision of the Election Commission and provide an opportunity for reasonable hearing at the earliest so that the atmosphere of uncertainty, which is dangerous for healthy democracy, can be removed soon,” Soren said in a letter that he handed over to the Governor.
Following a petition by the BJP seeking Soren’s disqualification from the Assembly in an office of profit case, the Election Commission (EC) sent its decision to the state Governor on August 25, sparking a political crisis in the state.
Though the EC’s decision has not yet been made official, there is a buzz that the poll panel has recommended the chief minister’s disqualification as an MLA
Notably, a BJP delegation led by former chief minister Raghubar Das on February 10, had met Bais and handed over a memorandum seeking disqualification and removal of CM Soren alleging him of violating the constitutional provision under section 9A of The Representation of the People Act, 1951.
Taking cognizance of the matter, the governor forwarded those documents to ECI and sought its opinion which he received on August 25. The letter handed over to the governor by CM Soren, stated that the misguiding news spread by BJP and the reports being filtered out through Raj Bhawan sources in the media have created a sense of confusion in the government, bureaucracy and the people as well, which is not in the interest either for the state or the people.
BJP is trying to use this environment of uncertainty as a weapon to grab power in an unethical way, it said. Soren further stated that BJP would never succeed in its intentions as his government has a two-thirds majority in the Assembly.
The UPA government in the State also won the trust vote in the Assembly on September 5 with huge support and the MLAs have expressed their confidence in my leadership, he stated.
“Being the Constitutional head of the State, it is expected that you play an important role in the protection of the constitution and democracy. As an elected head of a democratically elected government, I am committed to adhere to the constitution and rule of law,” stated Soren further saying, “Therefore I request you to provide me a copy of the opinion sent by the Election Commission in the office of profit case against me and give me an opportunity to put my points so that the environment of uncertainly could be put to an end in this state.”
Uncertainty over Hemant Soren’s government in Jharkhand arose after the EC reportedly sent a report recommending his disqualification over allegations that he allocated a mining lease to himself while holding the portfolio of Mines in 2021.