Ranchi (Jharkhand): Amidst the political turmoil in Jharkhand, Congress leader and Health Minister Banna Gupta on Saturday said that a conspiracy was hatched to destabilise the government in the state.
“A conspiracy was hatched to destabilise our state govt. Across the country, elected govts. are being destabilised. Now, it has become a norm. Congress is firmly standing against it and there’s no crisis in govt,” Gupta said after the Congress Legislative Party meeting.
A meeting of the Congress Legislature Party was held on Saturday evening to deliberate on strategy for further course of action.
The meeting was presided over by Congress general secretary in charge Avinash Pande.
In the 81-member Jharkhand Assembly, the ruling alliance has 30 MLAs of the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM), 18 MLAs of the Congress and one MLA of the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD).
Earlier on Saturday, Chief Minister Hemant Soren had called a meeting of the state’s ruling UPA coalition members, amidst speculation about his possible disqualification as an MLA in the state assembly for allegedly violating poll norms by extending himself a mining lease.
This was the third meeting in two days. Several MLAs were seen arriving for the meeting with luggage in tow.
Earlier on Saturday, Soren tweeted that he hailed from the tribal community and was unaffected by the ongoing slugfest.
On Friday MLAs of the ruling coalition assured Soren of their support. Gupta also said that the JMM-Congress coalition is “standing strong”.
The BJP has sought the disqualification of Soren as an MLA accusing him of allocating a mining lease to himself while he held the portfolio of Mines Minister in 2021.
In February this year, the BJP submitted a memorandum to the Governor seeking disqualification of Soren from the House under Section 9(A) of the Representation of People’s Act.