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'Atom bomb could explode any time in Jharkhand’: Governor’s big remark on office-of-profit case against CM

Hemant Soren is in trouble and may be disqualified for the CM post if he will be found guilty in the Office-of-profit case.

Raju Kumar Edited By: Raju Kumar @rajudelhi123 Raipur Updated on: October 27, 2022 16:16 IST
Hemant Soren facing a threat to lose his CM post
Image Source : PTI/FILE Hemant Soren facing a threat to lose his CM post

Jharkhand Governor Ramesh Bais on Wednesday hinted at giving a big blow to Chief Minister Hemant Soren in the Office-of-profit case. 

While speaking in his hometown Raipur on Diwali festival, Bais said he has sought a "second opinion" in a case of office-of-profit that triggered a political crisis in Jharkhand. Opposition BJP demanded the dismissal of CM Soren citing the case.

Jharkhand Governor hints the big political explosion

He claimed an "atom bomb could explode any time in Jharkhand", apparently indicating towards his pending decision in the matter.

Following a petition by the BJP seeking Soren's disqualification from the Assembly in the office-of-profit case, the Election Commission had sent its decision to the Jharkhand governor on August 25, sparking a political crisis in the state.

Though the EC's decision has not yet been made official, there is a buzz that the poll panel recommended the chief minister's disqualification as an MLA in connection with a mining lease.

Asked about Soren's cabinet colleagues accusing Bais of acting with vendetta to destabilise the Jharkhand government, the governor said, "Look, if my intention was that, I could have taken a decision based on the recommendation of the Election Commission. But, I didn't want to take any action to defame anyone or with an intention of vendetta."

"I am holding a constitutional post and I have to protect the Constitution. No one should point fingers at me saying I have acted out of revenge, therefore I have asked for a second opinion,” the governor told a news channel.

Bais, however, did not elaborate on the EC's recommendation and from whom he has sought a second opinion.

Asked whether a big decision will come to fore after receiving the second opinion, the governor said, “...bursting crackers is banned in Delhi but not in Jharkhand. May be one atom bomb could explode there.”

On October 15, CM Soren said his is an unprecedented case in which “a criminal or an accused” is pleading for punishment while the constitutional authorities that should have pronounced judgment are silent.

The CM was referring to the threats of his disqualification as an MLA on the basis of the purported EC advisory to Governor Bais in the office-of-profit case following a petition by the BJP.

The Soren government last month won the confidence vote in the Assembly by a comfortable margin amid apprehension that MLAs of the ruling Jharkhand Mukti Morcha and the Congress would be poached to bring down the JMM-led regime in the state. Lawmakers of the opposition BJP-led NDA had staged a walkout. 

(With PTI input)

Also Read: Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren meets governor, urges him to clear air on EC opinion


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