Dissatisfied with Soren’s government, Congress leaders skip the coalition meeting

Hemant Soren, the Chief Minister of Jharkhand, invited UPA legislators to a meeting on Thursday at the CM’s residence, but Congress MLAs declined.

Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren invited UPA legislators to a meeting at the CM’s residence on Thursday, but Congress MLAs declined. According to news agency ANI, the Congress, which is part of the ruling coalition led by the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha, is unhappy with the administration on a number of issues. The coalition’s third member is the Rashtriya Janata Dal.

Meanwhile, state minister and Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader Alamgir Alam hosted a separate meeting for Congress MLAs at his home. According to ANI, Pradeep Yadav, the CLP’s deputy leader in the Assembly, “A meeting of Congress legislators was called by CLP yesterday, but only a few members showed up. A meeting was held once more, this time for an extended period of time. At this point, I am not permitted to say anything else.”

Soren Government
Soren Government

The Congress is dissatisfied with the Soren administration’s performance.

Another unpleasant episode for Congress this year was a verbal spat between party workers at Congress Bhawan in Ranchi. Congressman Alok Dubey was seen yelling at a colleague in the meeting, while other members of the party pulled him back in an attempt to calm the situation. “It’s an internal issue,” Dubey said later, dismissing the squabble.

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MLAs from Congress protested the administration’s “non-cooperation” in their districts to the state party leadership in July. Rajesh Thakur, the working president of the Jharkhand Congress, promised that their concerns would be addressed. MLAs also claimed that the ministers do not adequately address their concerns and challenges. MLAs demanded a meeting with top government officials.

Deepika Pandey Singh, Mamta Devi, and Purnima Neeraj Singh, all members of the Congress Legislature Party, have also expressed their displeasure with Alamgir Alam. Deepika Pandey Singh stated in July that “We’ve already completed one-and-a-half years of service. In order for everything to be properly monitored and coordinated, the coalition government should have a common minimum programme. We owe our people an account, and we must return to our respective areas. We discuss issues that we believe are important on a regular basis. People have lost patience after the second wave of COVID-19 and are awaiting our response. All of these issues were discussed during our meeting today.” Alamgir Alam had promised the leaders that their concerns would be brought to the Chief Minister’s attention and that a proper resolution would be found.

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