Jharkhand Mukti Morcha is on top gear. Apart from having its leader Hemant Soren as CM, the party gets its MLA Rabindra Mahto to hold the prestigious post of Speaker as well.
Mahto filed a nomination for the prestigious post on Monday.
On Tuesday, the election is supposed to be held to elect the speaker.No body else has filed nomination for this post. This means Mahto, who is a candidate of the ruling coalition comprising JMM, Congress and RJD, is bound to get elected unopposed.
The three-day session of the Assembly began on Monday when Mahto filed his nomination paper. None of the Opposition comprising BJP, AJSU and others had either filed nomination or reacted on the ruling coalition led by Chief Minister Hemant Soren's decision to put up Mahto as its candidate for the Speaker's post.
In Jharkhand, Kurmi-Mahtos belong to the backward caste group.In fact,Kurmi-Mahtos, an indigenous caste in Jharkhand, were in a sizeable number in many constituencies of the state.Most of them were pro-BJP for long.
However,after the BJP led by its President Amit Shah declined to give Lok Sabha ticket to a popular Kurmi-Mahto leader Ram Tahal Choudhary and failed to stitch an alliance with All Jharkhand Students Union party led by Sudesh Mahto in the recently concluded Assembly polls, many Kurmi-Mahtos opted to oppose the BJP led by CM Raghubar Das.
Das lost the poll in his home constituency and the BJP suffered a humiliating defeat. So much so that it could win only 25 seats in 2019 against 37 in 2014.
Aware of it, JMM leader and Chief Minister Hemant Soren prevailed upon allies-Congress and RJD to gain the JMM's hold on Speaker's post as well. His move is set to further strengthen JMM and weaken BJP in Jharkhand.
Mahto, who had defeated BJP's Satyanand Jha in Nala constituency by 3,520 votes in 2019 Assembly polls. In 2014, he had won the same seat on JMM's ticket.
Educationally, Mahto is a graduate from Bhagalpur University( in Bihar) with a B.Ed degree from Utkal University, Odisha.