Explained: Arrest of Congress Jharkhand MLAs and “Operation Lotus”

3 MLAs- Irfan Ansari, Rajesh Kachhap, and Naman Bixal were caught with huge cash in West Bengal’s Howrah and were later suspended by Congress President Sonia Gandhi.


The Congress party has suspended the three Jharkhand MLAs who were arrested by the West Bengal police on Saturday with large sums of cash.

Following a tip-off, Irfan Ansari, Rajesh Kachhap, and Naman Bixal, all MLAs from Jamtara, were detained on NH-16. Moreover, in the Ranihati neighbourhood of Howrah district. According to Swati Bhangalia, superintendent of police for Howrah (Rural). Furthermore, Bhangalia stated that the SUV carrying the trio had a nameplate that read “MLA Jamtara Jharkhand” and was loaded down with “large amounts of cash.”

Congress spokesman Pawan Khera asserted at a media briefing on Sunday. That the central government and Narendra Modi’s ruling party are directly to blame for the deteriorating democratic spirit. Also, that there are several examples of the strategies the BJP adopts, the money it spends, and the agencies it abuses in states. Where it cannot win elections, according to Khera. He claimed that there are plans afoot by the BJP to topple the Jharkhand government.

Avinash Pande, who is in charge of Jharkhand, announced during the press conference that Sonia Gandhi, the interim Congress president, had immediately suspended the 3 MLAs. The MLAs were reportedly being questioned by the police on Saturday regarding the whereabouts of the money.

Congress leaders attacked the BJP by referring to the episode as “Operation Lotus”. Which is a euphemism for the BJP’s alleged poaching of MLAs. “In Howrah tonight, the BJP’s ‘Operation Lotus’ in Jharkhand is exposed. The goal of “Hum Do” in Delhi is to establish the E-D pair in Jharkhand. Just like they did in Maharashtra, according to a tweet from Congress general secretary Jairam Ramesh. Who is also in charge of communication.