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ECI Recommends Disqualification of Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren

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By: Joymala Bagchi | KOLKATA
Updated: August 25, 2022 13:01
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Election Commission of India (ECI) has recommended disqualification of Jharkhand Chief minister Hemant Soren from the state assembly for allegedly extending a mining lease to himself “violating electoral law”, sources told The New Indian.

ECI has sent a sealed letter to Jharkhand governor Ramesh Bais expressing its opinion on the issue of CM Soren holding a mining lease despite being an elective representative. According to ECI sources, the Governor will provide the official confirmation in this regard.

The ECI recommendation will surely rattle the political sphere in the state as Soren is accused of misusing his office by allocating a stone quarrying lease on government land to himself in 2021.

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On February 10, former chief minister Raghubar Das put the matter on the table. The state opposition has sought the disqualification of Soren under Section 9A of the Representation of People’s Act 1952. On May 2, the apex election body of the country issued notice to Soren.

During the hearing, which concluded on August 22, Soren’s team had contended that the provisions in the election law, which the Jharkhand CM has been accused of violating, do not apply in the particular case.

Meanwhile, reports said that JMM and Congress MLAs are holding a meeting to decide on a future course of action. The JMM-Congress alliance is running the government in Jharkhand.

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A tweet from Dr Nishikant Dubey, BJP MP from Jharkhand, revealed that ECI’s letter was sent to the governor.

“RSS sanskars raised me. My family went to jail in an emergency. A party like the BJP made a small worker like me an MP under the leadership of the honourable Prime Minister Modi Ji. We are proud of us. The letter of the commission reached the Governor,” he tweeted.

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