Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Monday met former Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren’s wife Kalpana Soren, days after the JMM executive president was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate in a money laundering case.
Congress general secretary in-charge communications Jairam Ramesh said Mr Gandhi met Kalpana Soren a few minutes before a public rally at the historic Shaheed Maidan in the HEC Complex at Ranchi and a few minutes after the JMM-Congress-RJD-CPI(ML) alliance “convincingly defeated” the BJP and its allies on the floor of the assembly.
Mr Ramesh also shared a picture of Mr Gandhi with Kalpana Soren.
HEC काम्प्लेक्स के ऐतिहासिक शहीद मैदान में जनसभा से कुछ मिनट पहले और झामुमो-कांग्रेस-राजद-सीपीआई (एमएल) गठबंधन द्वारा विधानसभा के पटल पर भाजपा और उसके सहयोगियों को करारी शिकस्त देने के कुछ मिनट बाद, राहुल गांधी ने हेमंत सोरेन के आवास पर उनकी पत्नी कल्पना सोरेन से मुलाक़ात की।
— Jairam Ramesh (@Jairam_Ramesh) February 5, 2024
Earlier on Monday, Hemant Soren challenged the BJP to prove the corruption charges against him, asserting that if the accusations are proved, he will quit politics.
Taking part in the confidence motion moved by his successor Champai Soren in the assembly, the JMM executive president also alleged that the Raj Bhavan was instrumental in his arrest after a “conspiracy” was hatched by the Centre.
Mr Soren was on Friday remanded to five days’ ED custody by a special PMLA court in Ranchi in connection with a money laundering case linked to an alleged land fraud.
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