New Delhi: Amid a probable political turmoil, Jharkhand Health Minister and Congress leader Banna Gupta on Sunday dared the BJP-led Centre to impose Article 365 of the Constitution or the President’s Rule in the state, reported news agency ANI. Addressing a press conference, the Minister alleged that it was “a pre-planned conspiracy to destabilise the government.”
He also asked Governor Ramesh Bais to clear the air regarding disqualification of Chief Minister Hemant Soren by the Election Commission over an illegal mining lease case.
“It is a preplanned conspiracy to destabilise the Jharkhand government. We want to know from the Governor that if the Election Commission has sent something, then it should be made public. ED has raided for months but nothing was found,” Gupta said.
“We have a full majority. If BJP has the courage, then impose Article 365 and dislodge the state government. Otherwise, it should not talk rubbish. The people of the state are now disturbed with all of this. The entire system has been stalled,” he added.
Speaking with the news agency, the Minister said, “We will fight and will never relent. State Governor Ramesh Bais has to make the decision (pertaining to the disqualification of CM Soren as MLA) public at the earliest, then only we can take our further action. We have a number above 50.”
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Jharkhand Transport Minister and and Jharkhand Mukti Morcha Vice President Champai Soren who was also present during the press conference said, “A political environment has been created in the name of Representation of the People’s Act to cancel the membership of Chief Minister Hemant Soren in the House. The letter from EC is already with the Governor but he is not making a statement over it. It is nothing but to harass the people of the state that elected a popular government. They are misusing constitutional institutions.”
Soren targeted the BJP saying “it cannot digest the development work done by the Jharkhand government under the leadership of a tribal leader like Hemant Soren.”
“A similar thing happened to other parts of the country. The latest example is of Delhi and before that Maharashtra. Our alliance is very strong,” he added.