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Hemant Soren takes oath as 11th CM of Jharkhand

Last updated on: December 29, 2019 16:50 IST

Jharkhand Mukti Morcha leader Hemant Soren took oath as Jharkhand chief minister for a second time on Sunday at a grand ceremony attended by a galaxy of opposition leaders and regional satraps, in a show of unity that could be a harbinger of a broad-based anti-Bharatiya Janata Party alliance amid the uproar over the new citizenship law.

IMAGE: Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren takes oath from Jharkhand Governor Draupadi Murmu during swearing in ceremony at Morhabadi grounds in Ranchi. Photograph: PTI Photo

Attired in white kurta-pyjama ensemble and a Nehru jacket, the 44-year-old tribal leader was sworn in as the 11th chief minister of the state by Governor Droupadi Murmu.

 

Among those in attendance were Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, Trinamool Congress boss and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, her Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh counterparts Ashok Gehlot and Bhupesh Baghel, Communist Party of India-Marxist general secretary Sitaram Yechury, Dravida Munnetra Kazagham leader M K Stalin, his sister Kanimozhi, and Rashtriya Janata Dal's Tejashwi Yadav.

They smiled broadly and shook hands at the bonhomie-filled event that heralded the advent of a JMM-Congress-RJD government, after the opposition coalition snatched yet another state from the BJP, barely months after its remarkable performance in the Lok Sabha elections.

IMAGE: Jharkhand Governor Draupadi Murmu alongwith Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren, Cabinet Minister Rameshwar Oraon, Alamgir Alam poses for a group photo after the swearing-in ceremony. Photograph: PTI Photo

Former assembly speaker and Congress leader Alamgir Alam, Jharkhand PCC president Rameshwar Oraon and RJD MLA Satyanand Bhokta were the other three ministers who took oath after Soren.

It is the second term for Soren, who had been a deputy chief minister and chief minister between 2009 and 2013.

Alam and Oraon are first-time ministers, while Bhokta had been the agriculture minister in the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance governments between 2000 and 2005, before joining the RJD.

IMAGE: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi meets with former Chief Minister of Jharkhand and JMM supremo Shibu Soren and his wife Rupi Soren during the ceremony. Photograph: PTI Photo

In the just-conducted Assembly elections, the JMM-Congress-Rashtriya Janata Dal alliance triumphed over the BJP, winning 47 seats in the 81-member House.

Four other MLAs - three from the Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (Prajatantrik) and one from the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) have also extended support to the three-party coalition.

IMAGE: CPI general secretary D Raja with West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee attend the oath-taking ceremony of Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren. Photograph: PTI Photo
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