The Congress, yesterday, suspended three of its MLAs in Jharkhand who were found with large amounts of cash in their vehicles in West Bengal. A Howrah district court in West Bengal has ordered a 10-day police remand for the three MLAs, namely Irfan Ansari, Rajesh Kachhap and Naman Bixal.
The Congress party has said that this might have been an attempt to destabilize the JMM-Congress government in the state. Avinash Pande, AICC member in charge of Jharkhand, has said that the opposition has been continuously trying to contact some Congress leaders and trying to lure them, in an attempt to weaken the party from within. He further alleged that central ministers have been contacting Congress MLAs and intimidating them as well as threatening them by name of the Enforcement Directorate. He said recently the party had also lodged a complaint against a few Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) leaders for getting in touch with several Congress MLAs.
Talking about state government, Pande said that the JMM-Congress government is stable and there is no threat. He also reiterated that only a few MLAs like the three are against Congress, but everyone else is backing the party wholeheartedly. “Most of the MLAs are with the party, but those who are trying to weaken the legislature party. The party leadership has full information. The party will take action at the appropriate time,” he said.