BJP’s Rajya Sabha MP and chief of the party’s Jharkhand unit, Deepak Prakash, has been charged with sedition. A sedition case has been registered against him for allegedly trying to destabilise the Hemant Soren government in Dumka district.
Notably, bye-election is scheduled in Dumka on November 3.
Deepak Prakash, during a press conference on Friday, said that the BJP will form the government in Jharkhand in the next two-three months.
Complaint registered by Congress leader
The complaint against Deepak Prakash has been registered by Congress’ Dumka chief Shyamal Kishore Singh at the Dumka police station. The BJP MP has been charged under Sections 124A (punishment for sedition), 120B (criminal conspiracy), 504 (intentional insult to provoke breach of peace) and 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation) in the FIR, said superintendent of police Amber Lakra.
The statements of all persons concerned will be recorded and a thorough investigation will be conducted. The future course of action will depend on the probe, he added.
BJP’s rule in Bihar will end soon: JMM
JMM general secretary and chief spokesperson Supriyo Bhattacharya said, “We have ousted the BJP from power in Jharkhand and its rule in Bihar will also end soon,” adding that his party will “not let the BJP murder democracy and destabilise an elected government.”
In Hemant Soren’s home turf Dumka, his younger brother Basant Soren is pitted against former cabinet minister Lois Marandi of the BJP. In the Bermo Assembly constituency, BJP’s Yogeshwar Mahato is up against Anup Singh of the Congress.
BJP MP dares Jharkhand govt
Reacting to the charges, Prakash, has now dared the state government to arrest him within 24 hours.
“I am prepared to get arrested. If the Hemant Soren government has guts, it must arrest me within 24 hours,” Prakash said.
He added that the state government is taking “provocative illegal action” as it is frustrated sensing its imminent defeat in the November 3 bypolls in Dumka and Bermo assembly seats.
“The FIR lodged by the Congress and the JMM shows they don’t have faith in the Election Commission. If they had any complaint against my press conference, they should have gone to the commission. Instead, they have used police power to influence the bye-lections,” Prakash said.
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