Hemant Soren wins floor test in Jharkhand Assembly

The JMM-led government in Jharkhand headed by Chief Minister Hemant Soren on Monday won the vote of confidence in the Jharkhand Assembly amid a walkout by opposition members, reported news agency PTI.

A total of 45 MLAs, including nominated member Glen Joseph Galstaun, voted in favour of the confidence motion, reported PTI.

BJP and AJSU legislators walked out of the House as the headcount for voting started. The BJP-led opposition has 24 legislators of the saffron party and three of the AJSU Party.

After winning the trust vote, Soren said, “Today, everyone again got to witness the unity and strength of the ruling alliance. I thank the Speaker and all the alliance MLAs,” reported PTI.

He said the JMM-led alliance has been performing strongly since coming to power in 2019 by following the constitutional procedures and it was again witnessed during the day, reported PTI.

During his speech on the confidence motion in the Jharkhand Assembly, the chief minister said, “One could see the conduct of BJP legislators after seeing me again in the House,” reported PTI.

“The BJP doesn`t have any agenda for the state. The people of the country put a mirror to their (BJP) face in the recently concluded Lok Sabha polls. In the upcoming Jharkhand assembly elections, they will face strong resistance from the JMM-led alliance,” the CM said, reported PTI.

Speaking on the confidence motion, Leader of Opposition Amar Bauri alleged that the JMM-Congress-RJD alliance government did not fulfill even a single promise in the last five years, reported PTI.

Earlier, BJP legislators trooped into the well seeking Speaker Rabindra Nath Mahto`s permission to allow MLA Bhanu Pratap Sahi to speak, which was turned down by the Speaker.

Seventy-five MLAs were present in the Jharkhand assembly during the voting. Independent legislator Saryu Roy abstained from voting.

The ruling alliance comprises the JMM, Congress and the RJD while it is supported from outside by the lone CPI (ML) Liberation legislator.

After the Lok Sabha elections, the strength of the JMM-led alliance has been reduced to 45 MLAs in the 81-member House, with 27 of the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha, 17 of the Congress and one of the Rashtriya Janata Dal, reported PTI.

Two JMM MLAs — Nalin Soren and Joba Majhi — are now parliamentarians, while Jama legislator Sita Soren resigned to contest the Lok Sabha elections on a BJP ticket.
The JMM expelled two more legislators, Bishunpur MLA Chamra Linda and Boriyo MLA Lobin Hembrom, from the party.

Similarly, the BJP`s strength in the assembly has reduced to 24, as two of its MLAs, Dhulu Mahto (Baghmara) and Manish Jaiswal (Hazaribag), are now MPs. The saffron party expelled Mandu MLA Jaiprakash Bhai Patel after he joined the Congress.

The current strength of the 81-member Jharkhand Assembly is 76. The ruling JMM-Congress-RJD alliance had handed over a support list of 44 MLAs to the Governor when Hemant Soren staked his claim to form the government on July 3.

Hemant Soren, the JMM executive president, was sworn in as the 13th chief minister of the state on July 4, a day after his predecessor Champai Soren stepped down from the post.

Hemant Soren was released from jail on June 28 after the Jharkhand High Court granted bail to him in a money laundering case linked to an alleged land scam. He had resigned as the chief minister, shortly before his arrest on January 31 by the Enforcement Directorate.

(With inputs from PTI)

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