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Soren back as Jharkhand CM

Hemant Soren was granted bail by the Jharkhand High Court on June 28 after spending five months in jail…reports Asian Lite News

Jharkhand Mukti Morcha executive president Hemant Soren assumed charge of office after taking the oath as Jharkhand Chief Minister on Thursday.

“After assuming charge as the Chief Minister of the state, Hemant Soren reached the Secretariat and started performing his duties. Jharkhand will not stop,” Hemant Soren posted on X.

The floor test of the new government in Jharkhand, led by Chief Minister Hemant Soren, who took oath of office for the third time on Thursday, will be held on July 8 during a special session of the Jharkhand Legislative Assembly.

Earlier today, Hemant Soren was sworn-in as the 13th Chief Minister of Jharkhand in Raj Bhavan, Ranchi.

In a veiled attack on the Bharatiya Janata Party, Jharkhand Mukti Morcha executive president Hemant Soren slammed the BJP and said that the “arrogant people intoxicated with power” tried to “silence” him but with the support of the people, he was released from jail.

Hemant Soren was granted bail by the Jharkhand High Court on June 28 after spending five months in jail.

Before he took the oath, he posted a video message on X in which he slammed “arrogant people intoxicated with power (BJP) who tried to silence me” and said, “Today, the public opinion of the people of Jharkhand will rise again. Jai Jharkhand, Jai Hind.”

“Today is July 4. On January 31, from the same place, I conveyed a message to you all on how the opposition has conspired against me. They were successful. For five months, they tried to keep me inside the jail by different means. We took the legal path and people supported us. The people of the state supported us and at last the court released me from jail,” said Hemant Soren in a video message before taking oath as Jharkhand CM.

He further said that the opposition put him in jail by levelling false allegations.

“In the 2019 Jharkhand Assembly Elections, the people of Jharkhand gave our party mandate but the conspirators were unable to digest how an Adivasi youngster can sit in such a high position. At last, on January 31, they (the BJP) put false allegations on me and removed me from the post of Chief Minister. Because of the people’s blessings, I’m here out sitting in front of you. We will always be the voice of the people. Today, the public opinion of the people of Jharkhand will rise again. By taking charge, the work will be carried out again,” he said.

Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren’s wife, Kalpana Soren, asserted that the latter will continue to work for the people of the state.

“After the High Court order, Hemant Soren has taken over again as CM. He will continue to work for people like he has always done. We have less time now,” Kalpana Soren told reporters.

Former Jharkhand Chief Minister Champai Soren congratulated Hemant Soren for taking the oath as Jharkhand CM.

“I congratulate ‘Hemant Babu’ for the formation of the new government. I congratulate all our alliance members,” Champai Soren said.

Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) MP Mahua Maji said that the vision to make Jharkhand the number one state will be fulfilled under the leadership of the Hemant Soren government.

“JMM is a family, not a party and all the members of this family unitedly run the government for the people. Now he has got the responsibility, so it is definitely in the interest of the people and the state. His vision to make Jharkhand the number one state, will be fulfilled now,” Maji said.

After Hemant Soren took the oath as Jharkhand CM once again, BJP leader Sita Soren said that JMM has its own Constitution.

“Whenever they want, they remove someone from power or put someone in power…Only a few months are left before the elections, they (JMM) should have let him (Champai Soren) continue,” Sita Soren said.

Earlier today, Hemant Soren arrived at the oath ceremony, with JMM national president Shibu Soren arrived at the Raj Bhavan in Ranchi.

Jharkhand Governor CP Radhakrishnan administered the oath of office to Soren.

Soren, on June 28, was released on bail in a land scam case after spending around five months in jail.

Champai Soren resigned from the post just five months after taking the oath, setting the ball rolling for Hemant Soren to again take over the role on Wednesday.

Champai Soren took oath as the 12th Chief Minister of Jharkhand in the Raj Bhavan on February 2 this year.

Hemant Soren was released from the Birsa Munda Jail on June 28 after nearly five months following bail from Jharkhand High Court in a money laundering case linked to an alleged land scam. He had resigned as Chief Minister before his arrest on January 31.

He was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in January on charges related to an alleged land scam and money laundering.

Earlier on December 29, Hemant Soren took the oath as Chief Minister of Jharkhand as the 11th Chief Minister of Jharkhand.

The event was termed as ‘Sankalp Diwas’ by mark the beginning of an era of new Jharkhand.

Hemant Soren’s return as CM will bolster the JMM, which won three seats in the tribal-dominated state of Jharkhand in the Lok Sabha elections.

In 2019, JMM fought the assembly elections in alliance with the Congress and Lalu Prasad’s Rashtriya Janta Dal (RJD) and got a comfortable majority with forty-seven seats in the 81-member house. (ANI)


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