Hemant Soren returned to power again; became the 13th Chief Minister of the state

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Ranchi. Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) working president Hemant Soren took oath as the 13th chief minister of the state at the Raj Bhavan here on Thursday evening. An official gave this information. The official said that Jharkhand Governor C.P. Radhakrishnan administered the oath of office and secrecy to Hemant Soren at the Raj Bhavan.

Hemant Soren’s father and JMM supremo Shibu Soren, his mother Roopi Soren, wife Kalpana Soren and senior leaders of the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha-led alliance were also present at the swearing-in ceremony. Champai Soren, who resigned from the post of Chief Minister on Wednesday, was also present on the occasion. Hemant Soren was released from jail on June 28 after the Jharkhand High Court granted him bail in a money laundering case related to the alleged land scam.

He resigned from the post of Chief Minister shortly before his arrest by the Enforcement Directorate on January 31.
After taking oath, Soren said that former Chief Minister Champai Soren performed his responsibilities well.
The working president of JMM said that the court’s order is public and everyone can see it. He also said that he will perform his duties with full commitment.

In a video message addressed to the public, Hemant Soren said that the opposition conspired against him and they also succeeded in their “nefarious intentions” due to which he had to spend about five months behind bars. Soren said in the video, “I was arrested on January 31 … I gave you a message about how the opposition laid a trap against me and how they succeeded in their nefarious game. They tried to keep me behind bars for a long time but I chose the path of legal battle. You came out on the streets and supported me. Ultimately justice was done and I came out clean.”

The JMM leader said that he had got a chance to serve the people in 2019 but “the conspirators could not digest how a tribal youth could reach such heights and finally on January 31, I was removed on false allegations. There is delay in God’s house, but there is no injustice.” Soren said that he is ready to serve the people of Jharkhand with full dedication. Former Chief Minister Champai Soren extended his best wishes to Chief Minister Hemant Soren. JMM MLA Kalpana Soren said that welfare work will be expedited in the state. No decision has been taken yet about Hemant Soren’s cabinet. On a question about the council of ministers, Congress’ Jharkhand in-charge Ghulam Ahmed Mir said that the party’s representation in the Hemant Soren cabinet will be decided by the high command.

Mir said that the Congress will decide who will be included from the party in the cabinet. He said, “The party high command will take the final decision on this.” BJP MP Nishikant Dubey had said in a post on the social media platform ‘X’ on Wednesday, “The Champai Soren era is over in Jharkhand. In a family-oriented party, people outside the family have no political future. I want the Chief Minister to take inspiration from Lord Birsa Munda and stand up against the corrupt Hemant Soren ji.”

BJP’s Jharkhand unit president Babulal Marandi had also said on Wednesday that tribals outside Shibu Soren’s family are only temporary faces in the JMM. He alleged that the family believes in using people according to their needs. After the Lok Sabha elections, the number of MLAs of the JMM-led coalition in the state has come down to 45, which includes 27 MLAs from JMM, one from RJD and 17 from Congress. Two JMM MLAs – Nalin Soren and Joba Majhi are now MPs, while Jama MLA Sita Soren resigned to contest the general elections on a BJP ticket.

The JMM had expelled Bishunpur MLA Chamra Linda and Borio MLA Lobin Hembram from the party, but they have not yet resigned from the assembly. Similarly, the number of BJP MLAs in the assembly has come down to 24 as two of its MLAs – Dhulu Mahato (Bagmara) and Manish Jaiswal (Hazaribagh) contested the Lok Sabha elections and are now MPs. The BJP has expelled Mandu MLA Jaiprakashbhai Patel, who joined the Congress to contest the elections.
There are currently 76 members in the 81-member Jharkhand Legislative Assembly. Assembly elections are proposed in the state in November-December this year.

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