Ranchi, 05-02-2024: In a significant political development, the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM)-led coalition government, under the leadership of Chief Minister Champai Soren, emerged victorious in a crucial trust vote held in the state assembly on Monday. The confidence motion garnered support from 47 Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs), while 29 legislators opposed it in the 81-member assembly. Notably, Independent legislator Saryu Roy abstained from the voting process.
A total of 77 MLAs were present during the voting, underscoring the significance of the trust vote for the ruling alliance. The coalition comprises the JMM, Congress, and the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), with external support from the lone Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) legislator. On the opposition front, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led coalition, consisting of 26 BJP legislators and three from the All Jharkhand Students Union (AJSU) Party, faced defeat in their bid to challenge the government’s authority.
Champai Soren, the leader of the JMM legislature party, was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Jharkhand on February 2, succeeding his predecessor Hemant Soren, who had been arrested by the Enforcement Directorate in connection with a money laundering case. Given the circumstances, Champai Soren was granted a 10-day window to prove the majority of his government in the assembly. He opted to schedule the trust vote on February 5.
In a noteworthy turn of events, Hemant Soren, currently in Enforcement Directorate custody, participated in the trust vote with special permission from a Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) court. The ruling alliance took precautionary measures ahead of the vote, with 38 legislators traveling to Hyderabad, the capital of Congress-ruled Telangana, amid concerns that the BJP might engage in attempts to lure them away. They returned to Ranchi on the eve of the trust vote, signaling a strategic move to safeguard their unity in the face of potential political maneuvers.