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A State Without a Chief Minister, Jharkhand Faces Leadership Crisis

As Jharkhand wakes up without a Chief Minister on February 1, the political uncertainty in the state awaits resolution, with the Governor yet to announce a successor to Hemant Soren.

Ranchi, February 1, 2024: Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren submitted his resignation to Governor C P Radhakrishnan just moments before facing arrest by the Enforcement Directorate. The Governor, however, has yet to decide on the proposed successor, Champai Soren, leaving the state without a Chief Minister.

The ruling JMM-Congress alliance, consisting of Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM), Congress, and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), has expressed concerns over the Governor’s delay in making a decision. The coalition holds a majority with 29, 17, and one MLA, respectively, while the opposition, comprising BJP and AJSU, has 26 and three MLAs. Two independents, along with one MLA each from CPI(M-L) and NCP (AP), add to the complexity.

Governor Radhakrishnan assured the ruling alliance that he would consider all legalities before finalizing the appointment of JMM’s Champai Soren as the new Chief Minister. However, the delay has raised apprehensions within the JMM-Congress camp about a potential constitutional crisis.

Congress MLA Dipika Pandey Singh expressed discontent, stating, “The Governor gave us time but then abruptly asked us to leave. Despite our majority, we were disregarded. The Raj Bhavan seems to be acting in favor of the BJP.”

Champai Soren, the proposed successor, wrote a letter to the Governor, highlighting his unanimous election as the leader of the Legislative Party and presenting letters of support from Congress and RJD leaders. He urged the Governor to accept his claim and appoint him as the Chief Minister to form a new government.

Sources within the ruling alliance pointed out that the delay in appointing a successor could lead to a constitutional crisis. “We have the majority, so what is causing the delay?” questioned a leader. Another added, “This creates an opportunity for interference. If a new Chief Minister is not sworn in soon, it could pose a significant problem.”

Former BJP leader and Independent MLA Saryu Roy suggested a short-term President’s Rule as the only option until an alternative government is formed, emphasizing the constitutional crisis in the state.

Despite these concerns, Jharkhand Speaker Rabindranath Mahato reassured that the government would continue to function smoothly. “There is no need to worry; we are in the majority. The government will operate as usual, and there is no imminent threat. We have and will prove the majority whenever required,” stated Mahato.

As Jharkhand wakes up without a Chief Minister on February 1, the political uncertainty in the state awaits resolution, with the Governor yet to announce a successor to Hemant Soren.

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