Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren Calls Third UPA Meet Today Over 'Disqualification' Recommendation By EC

Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren Calls Third UPA Meet Today Over 'Disqualification' Recommendation By EC

After the Election Commission recommended that Hemant Soren be disqualified as an MLA, the Jharkhand Chief Minister called for a third meeting of UPA MLAs today at his Ranchi house for the second day in a row, news agency ANI reported.

Soren and his JMM party have stated that they have received no information of his disqualification from the Poll Panel or the Jharkhand Governor.

Amid the political crisis in Jharkhand, a third meeting of UPA legislators on the second consecutive day has been called at CM Hemant Soren’s residence today at 11 am

— ANI (@ANI) August 27, 2022

According to Raj Bhavan sources, the governor is likely to reply to the ECI recommendation on Saturday, PTI reported.

The JMM’s state ally, the Congress, also endorsed the JMM government and guaranteed that “everything is fine.”

On Thursday, ECI sent a letter to Jharkhand Raj Bhawan asking the governor Ramesh Bais to disqualify Hemant Soren as a legislator for violating electoral norms, according to the news agency.

While Jharkhand Governor Ramesh Bais cleared the air surrounding Raj Bhawan receiving the opinion of ECI on CM Hemant Soren on the office of profit matter and said, “I do not know anything as of now about any order for me. I had gone to AIIMS for treatment, I can only say anything after I reach Rajbhawan.” 

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the petitioner in the case, has accused Hemant Soren of allotting himself a stone mining lease by misusing his position as the mining and forest minister of the state.

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RTI activist Shivshankar Sharma had filed two PILs demanding CBI and ED investigation into the mining scam in Jharkhand. It is alleged that Hemant Soren misused his position to own a stone quarry mine. The Soren family is also accused of investing in shell companies, reported ABP News.

(With ANI, PTI Inputs)