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Churning from Hotwar to 24 Akbar Road… What will Congress change in Jharkhand before the elections?

Nita Yadav

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Rahul Gandhi with Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge.

Ahead of the assembly elections in Jharkhand, the Congress party has started preparations afresh. In this regard, a round of meetings is going on from Delhi’s 24 Akbar Road (Congress headquarters) to Ranchi’s Hotwar Jail. Assembly elections for 81 seats of Jharkhand are scheduled to be held later this year.

According to Congress sources, the Lok Sabha election performance has dealt a big blow to the party. The party lost all five seats in non-tribal areas. The two seats that the party has won are from tribal areas. Congress had fielded 7 candidates in Jharkhand in the Lok Sabha elections.

Congress wants to repeat the mistake of Lok Sabha in the assembly. In a meeting held in Delhi on Monday (June 24), the High Command also gave instructions to the big leaders in this regard. After this, the rumblings of change in the party started.

The rumblings got more force when Congress in-charge Ghulam Ahmed Mir suddenly went to Ranchi’s Hotwar Jail on the morning of June 25 to meet former CM and JMM working president Hemant Soren. Soren’s wife Kalpana was also present with Mir.

While talking to reporters after leaving Hotwar, Mir said that whatever posts are vacant will be filled soon. The party is also mulling over the future strategy.

What is the strategy of Congress regarding Jharkhand?

In Jharkhand, Congress will enter the fray again by forming an alliance. The party is paying special attention to the seats where it fielded candidates last time. The party is also working on a strategy to make some changes in this exercise.

According to Congress sources, before the elections, the party wants to close the loopholes that were noticed during the Lok Sabha polls. Apart from this, the party wants to prepare a new team and enter the assembly race.

This is the reason why the talk of change within the Congress is the fastest in Jharkhand. Let’s know in detail what changes can happen at which places?

1. The post of Leader of the Congress MLA Party is vacant- Till now this post was held by the powerful leader Alamgir Alam. Alam is currently lodged in Hotwar Jail. Recently he resigned from the post of minister and MLA leader. There is talk that the Congress may give the post to an OBC leader.

Pradeep Yadav and Banna Gupta are leading the race.

2. One post of Minister vacant, discussion of removal of one – Congress got 4 ministerial posts in Soren government. One post is vacant due to resignation of Alamgir Alam. This is a discussion of giving to the minority. Jamtara MLA Irfan Ansari is leading the ministerial race.

It is being said that if there is an expansion of the cabinet, then one minister Badal Patralekh can be removed. There is talk that the high command is upset with Patralekh’s report card. If the letters are removed, an MLA from an upper caste can get a ministerial post.

Deepika Pandey, Poornima Singh are leading the race.

3. The post of Deputy Speaker is also vacant- The post of Deputy Speaker is also vacant for the last 4.5 years in Jharkhand. The post of Speaker is held by JMM. In such a situation, the Congress has a claim for the post of Deputy Speaker. Congress is preparing to fill this post before the elections.

A party can make a senior MLA the Deputy Speaker, so that the power equation can be easily set.

4. Crisis continues even on the chair of the state president- Rajesh Thakur has been the Jharkhand president since 2021, but the party has long been deadlocked over his removal. Rajesh Thakur’s performance so far has been poor.

The party under his chairmanship has lost the Ramgarh by-election. Not only this, the Congress did not perform well in the general seats in the recent Lok Sabha elections as well. If Rajesh Thakur is removed, any Dalit or OBC can get the President’s chair.

Former president and Odisha in-charge Ajay Roy was rumored to replace Rajesh Thakur as president, but sources say that Ajay does not want to return to Jharkhand politics.

When will the assembly elections be held in Jharkhand?

The term of the Jharkhand Legislative Assembly ends on 5 January 2025. In 2019, elections were held here in the month of December, but this time, along with Maharashtra, Haryana and Jammu-Kashmir, there are rumors that elections will be held here in October-November.

There are a total of 82 seats in the Jharkhand Legislative Assembly, out of which elections have been held on 81 seats. 40 seats are required to form the government. 28 seats are reserved for tribals and 9 for dalits in the state.

In 2019, Congress contested the election in alliance with Jharkhand Mukti Morcha and Rashtriya Janata Dal. In this election, JMM fielded candidates on 41 seats, Congress on 31 and RJD on 7 seats. This time the man is also together in the pre-election alliance.

On the other hand, BJP is in alliance with AJSU in Jharkhand. In 2019, AJSU contested the elections alone. Currently AJSU has 3 MLAs.

Nita Yadav

Nita Yadav

I am Nita Yadav, specializing in writing about politics and breaking national news. My focus is on delivering insightful and timely perspectives on these crucial topics, aiming to inform and engage my readers effectively.

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