Amid an accusation by the profit office for allegedly granting himself a mining lease in 2021, Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren said on Saturday there was no political instability in state and called the situation a man-made tornado. Addressing a press conference, the Chief Minister said: “Regarding the issue of political instability (in Jharkhand), I think there is no such instability. Everything is normal. … It’s a man-made tornado.”
Reacting to his disqualification issue, Soren said that for the first time in India, the Chief Minister is going to the doorsteps of the Election Commission of India (ECI) and the Governor to ask for a sanction. The EC had also sent its advice to the Governor of Jharkhand regarding the disqualification of Jharkhand MP Mukti Morcha (JMM) and the brother of Chief Minister Basant Soren from the State Assembly under Section 9A of the Act of 1951 on the representation of the people.
“You mention EC and the governor (disqualification issue). In this context, I would like to say that this is the first such incident in India where CM comes to the gates of the EC and the governor and asks, with clasped hands, what should be his punishment and demand,” the Jharkhand CM said.In September, Soren called Governor Ramesh Bais and urged him to clear up confusion in the state over his prosecution in as an MP in an office for profit case.The chief minister also submitted a letter demanding a copy of the opinion of the electoral commission in the office for profit cases against him.
He further alleged that the environment was not created by him but by his rivals. “This environment was not created by us, it was created by our rivals. Have you ever seen a culprit demanding punishment? If I am a culprit, give me punishment,” Soren added.
Notably, a political crisis emerged in Jharkhand in September after a BJP petition sought Soren’s disqualification from the Assembly in a for-profit office case. The BJP demanded Soren’s disqualification as an MP. Meanwhile, Chief Minister Hemant Soren won the September 5 vote of confidence in the State Assembly.
In February this year, the BJP submitted a memorandum to the state Governor, Ramesh Bais, requesting Soren’s disqualification from the House under Section 9(A) of the Representation of the People Act. The governor had forwarded the BJP’s complaint to the ECI and the polling committee in May had issued an opinion to Jharkhand leader Mukti Morcha (JMM). (ANI)
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