Hemant Govt wins Trust Vote amid Opposition boycott

  • | Wednesday | 10th July, 2024

In a significant political development, Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren successfully won the trust vote in the State Legislative Assembly during a special session convened specifically for this purpose. Soren garnered a total of 45 votes in favour during the confidence motion he introduced. The opposition parties, however, chose to boycott the trust vote, leading to a tally of zero votes against the motion. Following his victory in the trust vote, the expansion of the Hemant Soren Cabinet was done in the afternoon. The revamped Cabinet included three new ministers, in addition to retaining eight members, who were part of Champai Cabinet. Earlier in the day, Chief Minister Hemant Soren presented the confidence motion in the House, which was followed by a robust debate among the assembly members. Speaking against the motion, Amar Bauri, the Leader of the Opposition, first congratulated Soren but then criticized the government for its unfulfilled promises. Bauri accused the Soren administration of being founded on falsehoods and failing to address key issues. Bauri highlighted several grievances, including the ongoing strike by assistant police personnel, delayed pension payments, irregularities in examination processes, and the failure to provide ration to eligible cardholders. He also alleged widespread corruption, pointing out that a minister from the government is currently in jail on corruption charges, and examinations are being conducted by blacklisted companies. Bauri asserted that the interests of tribal communities are being neglected, and accused the government of engaging in "vote jihad" following "love and land jihad." Bauri further questioned the legitimacy of the governments formation, suggesting it might be an attempt to cover up evidence of corruption. He asked, "Is this government formed to erase the evidence of the corruption that has taken place?" In response, Chief Minister Hemant Soren defended the motion, stating that it was brought in accordance with constitutional procedures. He expressed confidence in the governments mandate and criticized the opposition for their lack of political vision. "It can be understood from the conduct of our opposition colleagues as to how they must be feeling seeing me here again… I know that they do not have any political thinking," Soren remarked. Sudesh Mahto, the AJSU Party chief, also weighed in, congratulating former chief minister Champai Soren for his five-month tenure and commending the adherence to democratic processes. However, Mahto expressed concerns about the ongoing challenges faced by the people of Jharkhand, including the suspension of pension payments for three months and the failure to provide essential food grains to the needy. He cautioned that with elections approaching, the public will soon have the opportunity to decide the governments fate. During the voting on the confidence motion, BJP legislators staged a protest by entering the well of the House and raising slogans against the government. They subsequently boycotted the voting process, leading to their absence from the final tally, which saw zero votes against the motion. With the trust vote now secured, all eyes are on the subsequent political maneuvers that will shape the governance of Jharkhand in the months ahead.

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