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BJP can’t topple J’khand Govt, even if it tries its best!

Ranchi: On papers, the Bharatiya Janata Party is an extremely strong opposition in Jharkhand with 26 MLAs and ‘all weather allies’ also in the House. Despite this, the BJP is unable to play the role of a strong and effective opposition, the reason is that since the formation of the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha-Congress Government in State at the end of 2019, the BJP leaders are waiting for its fall, as and when. But Congress is finding it difficult to come back to power the next time. On the one hand, even in the BJP, most of the senior leaders are of the opinion that now there should be no effort to form the BJP government for two-and-a-half years. Their intention is that if the government falls, President’s rule should be imposed and then mid-term elections should be held.

But bringing down the State Government is not easy either since the issues, which BJP leaders think are enough for the government to fall, are in reality not ‘enough’. The BJP may try to play up the issue of Chief Minister Hemant Soren getting a mining license issued in his own name or the land bought in the name of his wife or his brother’s company or his media advisor Abhishek Prasad receiving mining license; but will they lead to the ultimate goal of bringing down the government? The alleged campaign of the BJP to break the Congress to topple the government has failed. Now BJP leaders are hoping to bring down the government on the basis of internal strife within the JMM Shibu Soren family. But all the old leaders know that the internal strife in the Soren family like any other political family has been going on for years and it does not affect party politics.

As far as the matter of office of profit against the Chief Minister is concerned, the party has presented a case with the Governor and a reply will also be sent to the Election Commission on behalf of the government. The mine, which was allotted in the name of the Chief Minister, was already in his name. The government says that CM did not apply for Consent to Operate (CTO), which means that he did not intend to profit from it. Despite this, even if the Election Commission terminates the membership, it does not affect the majority of the government. If this happens, someone else will become the Chief Minister in place of Hemant Soren.

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