The latest development has reduced the support of JMM-led coalition government to a considerable extent. If a no-confidence motion is brought in the Assembly, the government can collapse as well.

It’s being said that Simon turned rebellious as the party did not name his son Dinesh Marandi from Rajmahal seat. Simon said that the party is functioning in an ‘autocratic’ manner.

JMM has named Vijay Hansda from Rajmahal. Hansda is son of senior Congress leader Thomas Hansda. Vijay recently switched over from Congress to JMM.

Targeting Chief Minister’s political advisor Himanshu Shekhar Chowdhary, Simon asserted that Hemant’s ‘coteries’ enjoy greater influence than ministers.

“This man (Himanshu Shekhar Chowdhary) has taken a grip over the entire party. He harbours unethical expectations from ministers as well. These people are creating rift within the party. Even party president Shibu Soren has lost his say in the party,” Simon Marandi said.

Meanwhile, Himanshu Shekhar Chowdhary dismissed allegations pinned against him. “If Simon fails to provide proper evidence against his claims, I will file a case of defamation against him,” said Himanshu Shekhar.

Santhal Pargana to face a severe blow

Another leader Hemlal Murmu had quit JMM to join BJP. The party had fielded Simon against Murmu. After winning the seat, Murmu was made a Cabinet Minister in Hemant governemnt.

In the changed situation, the JMM will face leadership crisis in Santhal Pargana. In fact, Shibu Soren himself is going to contest from Dumka from where the BJP is likely to field Murmu.

JPN/Bureau

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