Political turmoil in Jharkhand worsens; JMM MLAs to be relocated to Bengal or Chattisgarh?
The Jharkhand Governor Ramesh Bais received a “sealed envelope” from the Enforcement Directorate (ED) recommending the removal of Chief Minister Hemant Soren as a Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) for breaking electoral rules in the illegal mining case, which has exacerbated the political crisis in the state.
Multiple sources verified allegations that arrangements have been made to move MLAs of the ruling coalition to “friendly state governments” like West Bengal or Chhattisgarh should the necessity arise in the midst of the political turmoil in order to thwart BJP attempts at poaching.
A lengthy third round of a meeting of lawmakers from the ruling alliance is currently ongoing in the chief minister’s mansion to develop a plan of action for the new situation. According to them, all of the MLAs in the ruling party are attending the meeting with their bags.
On Saturday, according to Raj Bhavan sources, Governor Ramesh Bais is expected to deliver the Election Commission of India (ECI) the decision disqualifying Soren as an MLA.
“All preparations have been made to accommodate our coalition’s parliamentarians in West Bengal or Chhattisgarh, both of which have non-BJP governments. In order to convey the MLAs but also security staff by road, three luxurious buses have arrived in Ranchi. Additionally, certain escort cars “a source in Congress.
Three areas have been identified, involving Barmuda and Raipur in Chhattisgarh as well as certain spots in West Bengal, according to the source.
“If necessary, all governing MLAs will be dispatched to a single location. To attend the important meeting that is currently taking place, all of the MLAs have travelled to the CM’s home with their luggage “Added another source.
The option to remove the legislators from Jharkhand was available, according to a JMM source, and all necessary preparations had been made. However, the final decision would not be made until the governor had issued the disqualification order.
The ring-fencing of MLAs by keeping them in a hotel in a “friendly state” like West Bengal, Bihar, or Chhattisgarh is being discussed as a solution to stop the BJP from poaching legislators, according to insiders in the Congress, a key ally in the JMM-led ruling coalition.
However, they stated that after the governor informs them of the ECI’s viewpoint on Soren’s potential disqualification as an MLA, a decision on the best course of action can be made.