Eight disgruntled Congress MLAs who flew to Delhi,camped there and met party national General Secretary KC Venugopal on Tuesday, returned to Ranchi on Wednesday. 

“All well…”, they said as majority of them showed their smiling face.” We will have no problem if any one of our 12 party MLAs is made Minister”.

When asked about the current crisis in the Congress over the recent cabinet formation, CM Champai Soren had said it was the “internal matter of the Congress” and has nothing to say in this regard. 

On Saturday, Umang Singhar, who was appointed observer for the current crisis in Jharkhand, had met with the disgruntled Congress MLAs late at night in Delhi, continuing until around 4 am in the morning.  

Singhar reportedly spoke to all the MLAs individually, and they remained firm on their demand to replace the four Congress ministers in the Champai Soren government with new faces in the interest of the party. 

 Notably, disappointed with the decision of the party high command to reappoint ministers of the previous government led by former CM Hemant Soren in Jharkhand, 12 out of the 17 Congress legislators have taken a rebellious stand and are in a mood for an all-out battle to fight it out with party seniors.  

After several meetings in Ranchi, eight of the 12 MLAs flew to New Delhi to meet the Congress high command and register their protest. Later in the same evening, Jharkhand Congress Chief Ghulam Ahmed Mir spoke with the disgruntled MLAs to resolve the issue. 

According to Mir, the MLAs did not have problems with the government but raised specific constituency-related issues to be addressed by the party leadership and sort them out very soon. Governor CP Radhakrishnan had administered the oath of office and secrecy to a total of eight ministers. 

The ministers included Mithilesh Thakur, Hafizul Hassan, Baby Devi, Basant Soren, and Deepak Birua from the JMM quota, and Banna Gupta, Dr. Rameshwar Oraon, and Badal from the Congress quota. 

 Latehar Congress legislator Baidyanath Ram, who was supposed to take oath as the 12th minister on Friday, couldn't join the Cabinet last minute due to protests from Congress MLAs. 

Ram expressed his displeasure, stating that his exclusion "at the last moment" hurt his dignity, and he won't remain silent. He hoped for a positive response from CM Champai Soren upon his return to Ranchi; otherwise, he indicated he would make a decision. 

 What will be the next move of Ram remains to be seen.


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