The Jharkhand unit of the BJP has launched a multi-pronged campaign to press for early elections in the state, now under President’s Rule.
All the party’s 22 MLAs have decided to resign and hold a protest demonstration in front of Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi in the third week of September after President Pratibha Patil returns from her foreign tour.
The BJP Legislature Party also decided to move the Supreme Court to direct the Election Commission to hold polls in the state. A legal team will go to Delhi to file a petition in the apex court, party spokesperson Sanjay Seth told Hindustan Times on Sunday.
The decision to quit the assembly, mooted at the party’s core committee meeting on Saturday, was approved by the BJP Legislature Party that met here on Sunday.
The MLAs have sent their resignations to Raghubar Das, president of the party’s state unit. He is expected to submit them to the Speaker on Monday or Tuesday after formal approval of the move by the BJP Parliamentary Board in Delhi.
“All MLAs have been asked to remain present in the delegation at the time of submission of resignation letters,” the party spokesperson said.
“Most probably, we will submit the resignation letters to the Speaker latest by Tuesday, to press for holding of assembly elections in the state at the earliest,” state unit president Das said. He also urged the Governor to dissolve the Assembly immediately to pave the way for early elections.
The Assembly has been under suspended animation since January 19, following the failure of the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha to name a successor to Chief Minister Shibu Soren, who lost the assembly by-election from Tamar.
With no political formation ready to form a government, the Centre brought Jharkhand under President’s Rule, following the Governor’s recommendation.