After sending its recommendation in connection with office of profit case against CM Hemant Soren earlier,the Election Commission of India  has sent its opinion on the disqualification matter of his brother pertaining to ruling JMM MLA Basant Soren,the Indian Express has reported.

On the basis of its own ‘sources’ The Indian Express today reports that the EC “had concluded its hearings on August 29 in the reference received from Bais. Sources said Bais received the EC opinion on the matter on Friday evening.”

The same report further states: “The governor had sought the commission’s view on a complaint filed by state BJPmembers seeking Basant Soren’s disqualification from the state Assembly under Section 9A of the Representation of the People Act, 1951, for co-owning a mining firm and not disclosing it in his election affidavit. Section 9A prohibits elected representatives from entering into any contract with the government for “supply of goods” or “execution of any works undertaken” by it.”

“The development comes two weeks after the EC had recommended the Jharkhand chief minister’s disqualification under the same section (Section 9A) for allegedly misusing his position to allot a stone mining lease to himself last year.”

Incidentally, Governor Ramesh Bais has preferred to remain mum on the EC’s recommendations. This has been a subject of criticism by the JMM and its allies Congress and RJD whose leaders in common have blamed Governor Bais and the BJP high command saying,” they want to indulge in horse trading to topple the Soren government.”


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