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ED Probe Deepens Political Crisis: Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren Faces Escalating Allegations

Enforcement Directorate's Investigation Intensifies Amidst Claims of Fugitive Status and Conspiracy Accusations by Ruling Party.

Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren finds himself entangled in an alleged land scam, as the Enforcement Directorate (ED) intensifies its investigation. The ED team, dispatched from Delhi to Ranchi on Monday, conducted searches at various locations linked to Soren, seizing a BMW car and documents from his Delhi residence. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) contends that Soren has become a fugitive, while the ruling party, Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM), claims a conspiracy to tarnish their leader’s image.

JMM alleges that Chief Minister Hemant Soren was invited for questioning by the ED at his residence on January 31, according to an email. However, the ED directed him to appear at their Delhi office. Security measures have been heightened at sensitive locations in Ranchi, including the Chief Minister’s residence, Raj Bhavan, JMM, and BJP offices.

Meeting with Senior Officers and the Governor

After the ED’s search at Hemant Soren’s Delhi residence, Jharkhand’s Governor, C.P. Radhakrishnan, held a meeting with senior government officials on Tuesday to assess the security situation. Police Director-General Ajay Kumar Singh briefed the Governor on the implemented security measures.

Hemant Soren seeks time to meet the Governor

Seeking an audience with the state’s Governor, Hemant Soren has requested time for a meeting with C.P. Radhakrishnan. The Governor, who earlier expressed ignorance about the Chief Minister’s whereabouts, accused the JMM of creating instability in the state. Speculations arise that Soren might resign after this meeting, although no official confirmation is available.

Meeting with leaders of the coalition parties

Chief Minister Hemant Soren arrived in Ranchi on Tuesday and chaired a meeting with ministers and legislators from his ruling coalition. The meeting, held at Soren’s residence in Ranchi, was captured in images released by the Chief Minister’s office in Jharkhand.

What did the minister say after meeting CM Soren

Following the meeting with Chief Minister Hemant Soren, Minister Banna Gupta expressed confidence and unity among the coalition members. He remarked, “We are all together. The Chief Minister is coming. It’s Bapu’s death anniversary today. The killers of Bapu are still alive and are killing democracy. He (Hemant Soren) is quite confident. Read his face, you are all journalists.”

Hemant offers flowers to Mahatma Gandhi

While the ED searches for Hemant Soren, he met party legislators in Ranchi and, on Mahatma Gandhi’s death anniversary, offered flowers. Hemant Soren was surrounded by his supporters during this tribute.

The developments have led to the tightening of security and an air of uncertainty in Jharkhand. The political landscape remains fluid as the saga unfolds, with citizens and political leaders closely monitoring the situation.

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