Jharkhand: Voting today,many MLAs may stay away

When elections are held to two Rajya Sabha seats in Jharkhand,several of the 80 MLAs are likely to stay away

Written by Manoj Prasad | Ranchi | Published: May 3, 2012 12:18 am

When elections are held to two Rajya Sabha seats in Jharkhand on Thursday,several of the 80 MLAs are likely to stay away.

CPI(ML)’s Binod Singh has said he won’t vote. “We don’t find anybody worth supporting,” Singh said.

The Jharkhand Vikas Morcha,which has 11 legislators,has also said it would stay away to protest ally Congress’ decision not to leave to it Hatia Assembly seat,which is going to bypolls on June 12.

Meanwhile,candidates of the ruling coalition are far from comfortable,with BJP’s S S Ahluwalia and JMM’s JMM’s Sanjiv Kumar vying with each other to gain support of the All Jharkhand Students Union.

The Congress expects to garner the support of JVM,RJD,Marxist Coordination Committee and some Independents but rumblings within are worrying its candidate,state chief Pradeep Kumar Balmuchu. This,however,is a worry he shares with Kumar and Ahluwalia,whose prospects may be marred by disgruntled MLAs in their own ranks. The elections were to be held on March 30 but were countermanded following allegations of horse-trading in the wake of seizure of Rs 2.15 crore cash from a vehicle belonging to a relative of an Independent candidate.

SC rejects stay plea
New Delhi:
The Supreme Court Wednesday declined to interfere with the polls. “We can’t issue any mandamus to the President,” the court said while allowing former MP Salkhan Murmu to withdraw his plea seeking a stay on the election. Murmu had contended that the election process was vitiated as the two MLAs involved in alleged horse-trading would also be voting.


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