More trouble seems to be brewing for Congress leader Chandrashekhar Dubey, alias Dadai Dubey, who lost his cabinet berth on Wednesday for calling Hemant Soren the 'most corrupt' chief minister of Jharkhand.
Governor Syed Ahmed administers the oath of office to KN Tripathi at Raj Bhavan, in Ranchi, on Friday. Parwaz Khan/ HT photo
The Jharkhand Mukti Morcha's (JMM's) Dhanbad unit said it would not support coalition partner Congress if it fielded Dubey from the Dhanbad Lok Sabha seat. Dubey, who has been given a party ticket to fight from the constituency, had won the seat in the 2004 general elections.
"How can we support Dadai Dubey, who has lowered the dignity of our chief minister and levelled wild and baseless allegations against him," JMM district president Ramesh Tuddu said on Friday.
He said the party would mount pressure on the Congress to stop Dubey contesting the Dhanbad seat in the Lok Sabha elections. "We will, however, welcome any other candidate fielded by the party."
Accusing the chief minister of irregularity in sand mine auctioneering and interfering in his departmental affairs, Dubey had called Hemant the "most corrupt chief minister Jharkhand has had so far".
Dubey's remark triggered a sharp response from the JMM and led to his ouster from the JMM-Congress coalition government's cabinet.
At present, Dubey is in Delhi to meet the party's top leaders and inform them about 'petty politics' of some senior state Congress leaders, who allegedly encouraged the JMM take action against him.
"I was ready to quit the Hemant Soren cabinet. But none of the senior leaders hinted at such a move. Suddenly, I heard about my termination. It is humiliating for me.
If I am not allowed to contest the Dhanbad seat, I will fight the elections as an independent candidate," Dubey said.
Since he is a Brahmin face, the Congress is moving cautiously and trying to pacify Dubey, whose rebellion can hurt the party in the 2014 general elections.
The Congress has inducted another Brahmin leader, KN Tripathi, as his replacement in the cabinet.