With Hemant Soren being disqualified from the Jharkhand meeting, resort politics has now come into play in the state. On Saturday, Hemant saw Soren and the governing lawmakers leave on several buses.
The MLAs were moved to a site near the Latratu Dam in Jharkhand. The three buses were occupied by lawmakers from the ruling JMM-Congress-RJD coalition and guarded by security personnel. Here are some key developments in the story:
1) Following the threat that Heman Soren would be “disqualified” as an MLA, a meeting of ruling alliance lawmakers was held at the prime minister’s residence to map out a strategy to deal with the emerging political crisis.
2) The ruling MLAs attended the meeting with their baggage. And after the meeting, Hemant Soren, along with lawmakers from the ruling JMM-Congress-RJD coalition, moved to a location near the Latratu Dam.
3) Roads leading to Latratu Dam, where ruling lawmakers are currently camp, have been blocked by authorities. The media are also not allowed to travel by road, not even on foot.
4) A source in Congress told PTI that all arrangements have been made to park the coalition legislators in Chhattisgarh or West Bengal. The source said three sites in Chhattisgarh, including Barmuda and Raipur, and some places in West Bengal have been identified.
“All prevailing MLAs will be sent to a single destination as needed,” said another source.
5) A JMM source told PTI that the option to take the lawmakers out of Jharkhand was open and all preparations have been made.
6) The Election Commission sent its advice to Jharkhand Governor Ramesh Bais on August 25 at a plea to request Hemant Soren’s disqualification from MLA for violating electoral standards by extending a mining lease to himself.
The Raj Bhavan sources said that by evening the governor could make a phone call to the election commission’s opinion on Hemant Soren’s “disqualification” as MLA and send the disqualification order to the commission.
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7) The BJP, the petitioner in the case, has requested Hemant’s Soren’s disqualification for violation of Section 9(A) of the Representation of the People Act, 1951, which deals with disqualification for government contracts.
8) The ruling coalition has 49 MLAs in the 81-member Assembly. The JMM, the largest party, has 30 MLAs, Congress 18 legislators and the RJD. The main opposition BJP has 26 MLAs in the House.
9) “It doesn’t matter how vicious circle the Center of the BJP creates. I am the son of a tribe. I am the son of Jharkhand. We’re not afraid, we’re fighting,” Hemant Soren tweeted.
10) “Unable to compete with us politically, our opponents are abusing the constitutional institutions. They are using ED, CBI, Lokpal and the Income Tax Department to destabilize our government. But we don’t worry about it. We didn’t get this mandate.” by the opponents, but by the people,” Hemant Soren said during a government function in Latehar on Thursday.
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