Election Commission sends opinion to Governor on disqualification petition against Jharkhand Chief Minister’s brother Basant Soren

New Delhi: Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) MLA Basant Soren, brother of state Chief Minister Hemant Soren, has been sent its opinion by the Election Commission of India (ECI) on the disqualification case to Jharkhand Governor Ramesh Bais, The Indian Express has learned.

The Election Commission had concluded its hearing on August 29 on the reference received from Bais. Sources said Bais got the opinion of the Election Commission on the matter on Friday evening.

The governor had sought the commission’s opinion on a complaint filed by BJP members of the state, asking the state assembly to ask Basant Soren for being co-owner of a mining firm under section 9A of the Representation of the People Act, 1951 and not disclosing it in his election. Disqualification was sought for. Affidavit. Section 9A prohibits elected representatives from entering into any contract with the government for the “supply of goods” or “the performance of any act”.

This comes two weeks after the Development Commission recommended disqualification under the same section (Section 9A) of the Jharkhand Chief Minister for allegedly abusing his position to allot himself a stone mining lease last year. was.

The state is going through a period of political turmoil as, till date, Bais has not officially apprised the state government of the Election Commission’s view on CM Hemant Soren’s eligibility to continue as MLA. The JMM has since made an alleged attempt by the BJP to buy out MLAs of the ruling coalition, and moved 32 of them from Ranchi to Raipur in Congress-ruled Chhattisgarh.

The JMM’s memorandum to the governor said “selective leaks from your (governor’s) office” on the issue have led to “chaos, confusion and uncertainty, which affects the administration and governance of the state”. .

“It also encourages political bigotry to destabilize the democratically elected government led by CM Soren by illegal means. Although HE has not yet announced the opinion of the Election Commission, which is given to you in confidence… The BJP has made the opinion public and demanded the resignation of the Chief Minister, mid-term elections. As you are undoubtedly aware, the disqualification of the Chief Minister, if any, will have no impact on the government as the JMM-Congress-RJD-Independent alliance will still get a massive majority,” the memorandum said.