Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren’s majority test today



Ranchi: Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren, whose job is in trouble due to corruption allegations, will take a test of his majority today amid allegations by the Jharkhand-led coalition Mukti Morcha (JMM ) that the BJP would try to overthrow the government on engineering flaws.

Hemant Soren will take a vote of confidence at a special one-day session of the Jharkhand assembly. Ruling coalition MPs returned to the state capital, Ranchi, on a special flight from Congress-run Chhattisgarh yesterday, where they were sequestered in a state guesthouse to prevent any poaching attempt.

Hemant Soren also called a meeting with MPs yesterday.

The opposition BJP says Hemant Soren should be disqualified as an MP over allegations he breached election standards by granting himself a mining lease. The party called for new elections and demanded that the chief minister resign “for moral reasons”.

Mr Soren and his JMM party have accused the BJP of trying to take advantage of the crisis and induce ruling coalition MPs to cross over and bring down the elected government, like states like the Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka.

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