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Jharkhand: JMM MLA cries govt topple bid, lodges FIR against 2

Ranchi: Political temperature has once again surged following yet another claim by a lawmaker from ruling party accusing BJP of trying to topple Hemant Soren led coalition government in Jharkhand. A Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) MLA from Ghatshila, Ramdas Soren has filed an FIR in Dhurwa police station in Ranchi on October 12 naming two businessmen—Ravi Kejriwal and Anil Agarwal—of approaching him with an offer to quit JMM to pave way for a fresh government under BJP. Ravi was earlier a treasure of JMM but was expelled from the party last year, said sources.

Detailing on the incident on Tuesday, Soren said, “I was approached by them on October 7 with an offer of hefty money and ministerial post if I quit JMM and join BJP. I was also told that many more MLAs are also in touch with them and are ready to quit. After informing party leaders including chief minister Hemant Soren, I lodged an FIR.”

The latest move comes months after a Congress MLA Kumar Jaimangal lodged a similar FIR at Ranchi’s Kotwali police station in July. Ranchi police had nabbed three persons in that case who were allegedly in touch with at least three Congress MLAs to broker deal.

A senior JMM functionary too alleged that BJP was at work 24/7 to topple Hemant government but will never succeed. “It isn’t the first the time that such attempts are being made by BJP through their proxies. They have been trying to topple the government through various means,” he said.

Reacting to Soren’s FIR, BJP’s spokesperson Pratul Shahdeo claimed that it was ruling coalition government’s tried and tested tactics to divert attention from public issues. “This government knows that they are failing to fulfill their promises and comes up with such baseless allegations. In the past too, they made similar allegations but the police has so far not made any breakthrough to prove it,” he said.