Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Hemant Soren Returns as Jharkhand Chief Minister After Five Months Jail Term – N.F Times

Jharkhand: Hemant Soren, the executive president of Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM), was sworn in as the 13th Chief Minister of Jharkhand on Thursday. The oath of office and secrecy was administered by Jharkhand Governor CP Radhakrishnan.

On June 28, Soren was granted bail in a land scam case after approximately five months in custody.

Earlier in the day, Governor CP Radhakrishnan invited Soren to form the state government, following the resignation of Champai Soren from the chief minister’s position the previous day.

Champai Soren resigned just five months after his swearing-in, paving the way for Hemant Soren to assume the role again on Wednesday. Champai Soren had been sworn in as the 12th Chief Minister of Jharkhand at Raj Bhavan on February 2 of this year.  Champai Soren (67) is a seasoned leader and has been a close confidant of JMM founder and Rajya Sabha MP Shibu Soren for many years.

Hemant Soren was released from Birsa Munda Jail on June 28, after nearly five months, following his bail from the Jharkhand High Court in a money laundering case connected to an alleged land scam. Prior to his arrest on January 31, he had resigned from the Chief Minister’s post. The Enforcement Directorate (ED) arrested him in January on charges related to an alleged land scam and money laundering.

Previously, on December 29, Hemant Soren was sworn in as the 11th Chief Minister of Jharkhand. In the 2019 Assembly elections, JMM, in alliance with the Congress party and Lalu Prasad’s Rashtriya Janta Dal (RJD), secured a comfortable majority with forty-seven seats in the 81-member assembly.

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