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Updated February 2nd, 2024 at 08:11 IST

Here’s Why JMM-Cong Alliance MLAs Did Not Fly from Rachi to Hyderabad

The MLAs were reportedly being shifted to Hyderabad amid uncertainty over the formation of government in Jharkhand

Srinwanti Das
Jharkhand JMM Mla
JMM)-Congress-RJD alliance MLAs at Rachi airport | Image:ANI
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Rachi: The ruling Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM)-Congress-RJD alliance MLAs’ plans to fly out of Ranchi hit a snag after the chartered planes hired for it could not take off due to bad weather and poor visibility conditions at Ranchi airport on Thursday night.

"We could not go because of poor visibility. We will fight against them (BJP)," Jharkhand Minister Banna Gupta told reporters as MLAs came out of Ranchi airport.

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The MLAs, after waiting for around two hours at the airport, returned to the Circuit House, where they had been staying.

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Airport Director RR Maurya told news agency PTI that three flights were cancelled after 6.30 pm due to poor visibility.

“Chances of taking off chartered flights today are also negligible. Three flights were cancelled after 6.30 pm due to poor visibility. Chances of taking off chartered flights today are also negligible," Maurya told the news agency.

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MLAs Being shifted to Hyderabad Over Uncertainty of Government Formation in Jharkhand

The MLAs were reportedly being shifted to Hyderabad amid uncertainty over the formation of government in Jharkhand. Speaking to reporters outside Ranchi airport earlier, Jharkhand Congress president Rajesh Thakur claimed that the alliance has enough numbers to form the government.

"We have enough numbers to form the government. All 43 MLAs are together, we have full confidence. We will keep meeting the Governor until he calls us to form the government," Thakur said.

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As the political atmosphere in the state grew tense on Thursday evening, Congress leaders did not leave a chance to criticize the BJP, and accused it of “crushing the mandate in every state.”

"Immediately after the resignation of the coalition government in Bihar, the Governor had sent an invitation to form a new government. But the invitation to form a government was not sent even a day after staking claim in Jharkhand," Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said in a post on X.

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"First, the Chief Minister was forced to resign by imposing ED. He was arrested. Now there are reports that efforts are being made to buy the MLAs by stopping the formation of the new government. First Bihar, then Chandigarh and now Jharkhand - BJP is crushing the mandate in every state by influencing through money," she added.

Congress chief Mallikarjun Kharge criticized the delay on the part of the Jharkhand Governor in inviting the JMM legislature party leader Champai Soren to form the government in the state.

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"In the House of 81 MLAs, only 41 are majority. Despite having the support of 48 MLAs, not inviting Champai Soren ji to form the government is clearly a disrespect to the Constitution and denial of public opinion," Kharge said in a post on X. Earlier in the day, Champai Soren along with 43 legislators met Jharkhand Governor CP Radhakrishnan at Raj Bhavan, staking a claim to form the government in the state.

43 MLAs in Our Support: Champai Soren

"We have demanded from the Governor that the process to start the formation of the new Government should begin. The Governor has also assured us that the process will begin soon," Champai Soren told reporters after the meeting with the governor.

"Currently, we have submitted the report with 43 MLAs in our support. We expect that the number will reach 46- 47 so there is no problem. Our 'gathbandhan' is very strong," he added.

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Champai Soren met governor CP Radhakrishnan on Thursday along with 43 MLAs of JMM, showcasing a majority support enough to form government in the 81-member assembly state. In the 81-member Jharkhand Assembly, the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM)-led alliance, which includes Congress and RJD ruling has 47 MLAs, including 29 of JMM, 17 of Congress, and 1 of RJD. The BJP has 25 members and the AJSU party has three MLAs. The NCP and CPI (ML)L have one member each, apart from 3 Independents.

Hemant Soren Sent to Judicial Custody

Meanwhile, JMM leader and former chief minister Hemant Soren was sent to one-day judicial custody by a special PMLA court in Ranchi, in connection with an alleged land scam case.

Soren was on Wednesday night arrested by the Directorate of Enforcement (ED) after six hours of questioning in the money laundering case linked to the alleged land scam.

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According to the ED, CM Soren was questioned as a part of the probe into the "huge racket of illegal change of ownership of land by the mafia".

The probe pertains to huge amounts of proceeds of crime generated by forging official records by showing "fake sellers" and purchasers in the guise of forged or bogus documents to acquire huge parcels of land valued in crores.

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Published February 2nd, 2024 at 08:11 IST

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