CM Champai Soren resigns; Hemant set to take oath as 13th Chief Minister of Jharkhand

Earlier in the day, leaders and MLAs of the ruling coalition at a meeting at Champai Soren's residence here unanimously decided to elect Hemant Soren as the JMM legislature party leader.
Hemant Soren and Champai Soren with Jharkhand governor CP Radhakrishnan
Hemant Soren and Champai Soren with Jharkhand governor CP RadhakrishnanX/PTI

RANCHI: In a major political development in Jharkhand, Chief Minister Champai Soren on Wednesday resigned from his post. Immediately after the resignation,

JMM Executive President Hemant Soren staked his claim to form the government. Now, merely after five months of resigning from the post, Hemant Soren is all set to return as 13th Chief Minister of Jharkhand.

This will be Hemant Soren's third term as Chief Minister. Soren, however, has to wait for sometime as the date for taking oath

has not been given by the Governor so far.

Meanwhile, Champai Soren is likely to be appointed as Chairman of the UPA coordination committee and as the working president of JMM. Champai Soren stated that he resigned voluntarily as Hemant Soren is back from jail.

“It is a matter of our alliance…Earlier, a change of guard was done in the state and I was given the responsibility…You all are aware of the developments which took place after that…now Hemant Soren is back…and the alliance partners took a decision and chose Hemant Babu as our leader once again,” said Champai Soren on his way out of the Raj Bhawan. Champai Soren also assured that the alliance remains intact and his resignation was voluntary.

Health Minister Banna Gupta also asserted that Hemant Soren has been chosen leader of the INDIA-Bloc MLAs. “Champai Soren has resigned and INDIA Bloc has chosen former Chief Minister Hemant Soren as its new leader. We have also handed over the copy of the letter of support to the Governor,” said Gupta. "It is an appeal to the Governor to pave way for the formation of new government in the state," he added.

Hemant Soren, refusing to divulge any further information, said that all the formalities have been completed.

Earlier, a meeting of INDIA Bloc MLAs was called at the official residence of the Chief Minister in Ranchi where a consensus was reached over the change of guard in the state. Later, Hemant Soren was elected the leader of the legislative party of the INDIA-Bloc.

Notably, Hemant Soren was released from jail after being granted bail from the Jharkhand High Court in land scam case on June 28. Soren had resigned from the post of Chief Minister after being arrested by the Enforcement Directorate on January 31.

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