New Delhi: Around 30 MLAs of the ruling United Progressive Alliance (UPA) coalition in Jharkhand, camping in a resort near the Chhattisgarh capital since August 30, flew back to Ranchi in a chartered aircraft on Sunday afternoon to attend the special session of the Assembly scheduled for Monday, news agency PTI reported.
According to the report, the chartered aircraft, with 30 legislators and some other leaders of the JMM and Congress on board, took off from the Swami Vivekananda Airport in Raipur at 3:45 pm, a Congress leader said.
The MLAs and the other leaders were taken to the airport in a bus that was escorted by a convoy of police vehicles. The MLAs were seen waving at media persons before entering the airport.
Chhattisgarh | Jharkhand UPA legislators arrive at Raipur airport to reach Ranchi pic.twitter.com/gdTaVuV4bg
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It is to be noted that fearing poaching of its MLAs by the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to topple the government, Chief Minister Hemant Soren’s Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM)-led alliance had shifted its legislators to a luxurious resort in Nava Raipur.
A total of 32 MLAs of the ruling UPA coalition were taken to the Mayfair Golf Resort in Raipur on August 30.
Later, four of them returned to Ranchi to take part in a cabinet meeting held on Thursday.
It is to be noted that the JMM has 30 MLAs, the Congress 18, and the RJD one. The main opposition BJP has 26 MLAs in the Jharkhand House.
Chief Minister Hemant Soren will be seeking a vote of trust during the special session of the Legislative Assembly on Monday, as per reports.
As per a letter sent to the MLAs by the Assembly secretariat, the chief minister has expressed his willingness to move a motion of confidence to prove his majority.