Ranchi, 18 July (PTI): Newly-appointed Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren today moved a vote of confidence motion in the state Assembly.
In the 82-member House, the JMM has 42 members backing the motion as the High Court yesterday dismissed a petition of JMM MLA Nalin Soren requesting for a stay on a non-bailable arrest warrant.
The non-bailable arrest warrant was issued against him by the special vigilance court in connection with the seed scam that surfaced when he was a state minister between 2006 and 2008.
JMM MLA Sita Soren, one of the two absconding MLAs of the party, the other being Nalin Soren, is present in the House today after she was reportedly granted a bail by the Supreme Court in an abduction case related to the 2012 horse trading case during Rajya Sabha election.
JMM is being backed by Congress, RJD, smaller parties and independents to form the ninth government in Jharkhand.
President’s rule was imposed with the assembly being kept under suspended animation on January 18 after JMM withdrew support to the BJP-led alliance on 8 January.
The central rule came to an end on 18 July. JMM Legislature Party leader Hemant Soren took oath as the new Chief Minister of Jharkhand on 13 July.
Marxist Coordination Committee MLA Arup Chatterjee, Jharkhand Janadhikar Manch MLA Bandhu Tirkey and three independent MLAs — Bidesh Singh, Chamra Linda and Harinarain Rai have already extended support to the new Hemant Soren-led JMM/Congress/RJD alliance.
Geeta Koda, another independent MLA and wife of former chief minister Madhu Koda, today extended her support.
With inputs from PTI