jmm: Jmm Braces For A Stormy Budget Session | Ranchi News

RANCHI: Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) lawmakers, led by chief minister Hemant Soren, is likely to face heat from the opposition and members of the ruling coalition over a host of issues in the budget session of the state assembly, beginning Friday.
The opposition, led by the BJP, will pose tough questions to the government, on the language row, the mob lynching of Barhi teenager Rupesh Pandey and the charges of illegal mining which were recently labelled against Hemant’s lawmaker brother Basant Soren, during the monthlong session.
“The government will have to answer why it notified Urdu as a regional language in the district-level staff selection commission examinations and created an unnecessary controversy over Bhojpuri, Magahi and Angika,” BJP’s Bokaro MLA Biranchi Narayan, who is also the chief whip, told TOI on Thursday.
“They way the Barhi lynching incident was handled made it clear that the government tried to shield the murderers of Rupesh Pandey. The Hemant Soren government has failed to crack down on the rampant illegal mining which is going on in Santhal Pargana and Koylanchal. We will demand an explanation,” Narayan added.
Besides the BJP and its ally, the JMM will have to also tackle its disgruntled ally Congress. The grand old party, in the recent weeks, has openly expressed its displeasure against the JMM and Hemant for the government’s delay in fulfilling its election promises such as 27% reservation for the OBCs, the pending appointments to the boards and municipal corporations and the constitution of a state-level coordination committee.
While health minister Banna Gupta claimed that JMM was out to destroy the Congress party and its vote, Mandar MLA Bandhu Tirkey on Wednesday demanded a higher budgetary allocation for the minority communities of the state.
Tirkey also criticised the government for failing to take proactive steps for pushing the Centre for a separate Sarna religious code.
JMM will also face heat from within its own rank and file as several veteran MLAs spearheaded by Borio lawmaker Lobin Hembrom are likely to oppose the state government’s move to take over the retail liquor sales in the state to boost annual excise revenue collection.
“I have criticised the decision as it is against the ideology of the party. I will oppose the decision in the assembly as well,” Hembrom told TOI.

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