5 Feb 2024

Key Jharkhand Floor Test Today: Will JMM coalition sail through?

Ranchi: Late on Sunday evening, around 40 MLAs affiliated with the ruling Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) and its coalition partners returned to Ranchi from Hyderabad, gearing up for the crucial floor test scheduled for Monday.

These legislators had been housed in a Hyderabad resort following the appointment of JMM leader Champai Soren as Chief Minister. Hemant Soren, the son of JMM co-founder Shibu Soren and Champai Soren's predecessor, is currently in jail facing allegations of corruption.

To safeguard its MLAs from potential inducements by rival parties seeking defections, the ruling JMM employed the strategy of 'resort politics.'

The ruling coalition in Jharkhand currently holds a total of 46 MLAs, just five more than the required majority of 41 in the 81-member assembly. With one seat vacant, the majority mark is calculated based on the 80 filled seats.

The constituent parties of the alliance are the JMM (28), Congress (16), Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) (1), and Communist Party of India (ML) (1).

On the opposing side, the BJP and its allies have a total of 29 MLAs.

JMM govt is likely to pass the floor test

Barring any unexpected developments or significant twists, political analysts believe the JMM government is likely to pass the floor test successfully.

This isn't the first time the JMM has faced a floor test. In September 2022, during Hemant Soren's tenure, the government secured a majority with 48 votes. Hemant Soren had faced potential disqualification from the assembly due to corruption allegations during that period.

The current Chief Minister, Champai Soren, played an active role in the late 90s Jharkhand movement alongside Shibu Soren. He previously served as the Transport Minister in Hemant Soren's government and enjoys the support of the Soren family.

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