The newly formed Champai Soren government in Jharkhand has successfully passed the floor test with a majority. In the floor test held in the assembly on Monday, a total of 47 legislators voted in favor of the government, while 29 votes were cast in opposition. Jharkhand Legislative Assembly comprises 81 seats, and the majority mark stands at 41. Saryu Rai remained neutral, while Independent legislator Amit Yadav was absent from the assembly.
Former Chief Minister Hemant Soren, who was arrested in connection with alleged land scam, also participated in the floor test. He also participated in the confidence vote debate and criticized the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) aggressively. The Jharkhand Legislative Assembly has 47 legislators from the JMM-Congress-RJD alliance, supported by an independent MLA from CPI(ML). Meanwhile, BJP has 26 legislators. There are three legislators from AJSU and one from NCP.
The ruling coalition had concerns that BJP might try to “purchase” their legislators. Therefore, on February 2, about 38 legislators flew to the capital of Congress-ruled Telangana, Hyderabad, on two flights. The legislators were brought back to Ranchi on Sunday evening.
Amid ongoing money laundering cases, after former Chief Minister Hemant Soren’s arrest by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) last week, Champai Soren, the leader of the JMM legislative party, took oath as the Chief Minister of Jharkhand on February 2. A special court hearing cases related to the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) granted Hemant Soren permission to participate in the confidence vote process. The court had remanded Hemant Soren to ED custody for five days on February 2.