The political landscape in Jharkhand faces uncertainty as Hemant Soren’s planned succession is put on hold, leaving the JMM-Congress coalition questioning the Governor’s stance. The Congress alleges insufficient time for a meeting with the Governor, while a former BJP leader proposes a brief stint of President’s Rule.
On February 1, Jharkhand is set to awaken without a Chief Minister, a situation arising after the Governor conveyed to the JMM-Congress alliance that he would review their proposal to appoint JMM’s Champai Soren as the leader of the legislature party, taking into account all legal aspects. The vacuum follows Chief Minister Hemant Soren’s resignation submitted to Governor C P Radhakrishnan at Raj Bhavan, shortly before his arrest by the Enforcement Directorate.
The ruling coalition, comprising JMM, Congress, and RJD, holds 29, 17, and one MLA respectively. In contrast, the Opposition boasts 26 BJP members and three from AJSU. The CPI(M-L) and NCP (AP) contribute one MLA each, with an additional two independents in the legislative landscape.
As Jharkhand navigates this political gridlock, questions linger over the Governor’s deliberation and the future trajectory of the state’s leadership.