As an order on Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren’s possible disqualification as an MLA is awaited, the leaders of ruling JMM-Congress coalition will meet with Governor Ramesh Bais this evening.
Sources say Hemant Soren will also call on the Governor at 4 pm along with the other leaders of the ruling alliance.
The Hemant Soren government in Jharkhand is in flux since the Election Commission reportedly recommended the disqualification of the Chief Minister to the Governor.
Mr Soren is facing disqualification as an MLA after the BJP moved a plea alleging he violated election rules by extending a mining lease to himself.
The BJP is also demanding mid-term election on “moral grounds”, while the JMM-Congress leaders are confident that their government will sail through the crisis as they have the numbers.
The Election Commission has concluded the hearings, and submitted its opinion to the Governor on Tuesday. The announcement of the verdict is expected any day, it is learnt.
Earlier this week, several MLAs of the ruling coalition were flown to Raipur in a bid to “ring-fence” them from possible poaching attempts by the BJP.
The JMM and Congress fear the BJP may take advantage of the crisis and make an attempt to poach their MLAs and overturn the elected government, as happened in several states, including Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka.
In the 81-member assembly, the ruling coalition has 49 MLAs – the JMM, the largest party, has 30 MLAs, the Congress 18 legislators, and the Rashtriya Janata Dal one.
The main opposition BJP has 26 MLAs in the House.