However, Raj Bhavan sources said that Ramesh has gone to Bais on a ‘private visit’ for a medical test. Following the BJP’s plea to disqualify Hemant Soren from the Assembly in the office of profit case, the Election Commission (EC) had sent its decision to the Governor on August 25. Since then a political crisis arose in the state. The decision of the Election Commission has not yet been officially made public, but there is talk that the Election Commission has recommended the disqualification of the Chief Minister as an MLA.
Governor deliberately delaying?
In a joint statement on August 28, the UPA constituents (JMM-Congress-RJD) had accused Governor Ramesh Bais of promoting political horse-drawing by “deliberately delaying” the announcement of the decision. Hemant Soren’s Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) believes that the BJP can make a “serious” attempt to take along with it MLAs of the party and ally Congress to topple the government like Maharashtra. 32 MLAs of the ruling coalition were taken to a resort in Raipur, the capital of Congress-ruled Chhattisgarh, on August 30 to provide safe haven to the MLAs. Four of them returned to attend the cabinet meeting held on Thursday. It was decided in the cabinet that a special session of the Jharkhand Legislative Assembly would be called on 5 September. It is believed that Hemant Soren will prove his majority in this.
How did BJP reach the magic number?
The UPA insisted that the disqualification of the CM as an MLA would not affect the government as the ruling JMM-Congress-RJD alliance enjoys an absolute majority in the 81-member house. The single largest party JMM has 30 MLAs, Congress 18 and RJD one. The main opposition BJP has 26 MLAs in the house. Amidst all this, Hemant Soren’s party Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) believes that BJP can make a serious attempt (horse-trading) to grab the MLAs of the party and ally Congress to topple the government like Maharashtra.
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