Hemant Soren's government secures trust vote; 11 ministers, including former CM Champai, sworn in

The ruling JMM-Congress-RJD alliance had handed over a support list of 44 MLAs to the Governor when Hemant Soren staked his claim to form the government on July 3.
Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren speaks in the State Assembly during a floor test special session, at Jharkhand Vidhan Sabha in Ranchi on Monday
Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren speaks in the State Assembly during a floor test special session, at Jharkhand Vidhan Sabha in Ranchi on MondayANI

RANCHI: Hemant Soren, who has sworn in as the Chief Minister of Jharkhand on Thursday, has won the trust vote with 45 MLAs voting in his favour in the 75-member Jharkhand Assembly.

BJP and AJSU legislators walked out of the House as headcount for voting started. The BJP-led opposition has 24 legislators of the saffron party and three of the AJSU Party.

The ruling JMM-Congress-RJD alliance had handed over a support list of 44 MLAs to the Governor when Hemant Soren staked his claim to form the government on July 3.

Later in the day, Champai Soren and 10 other leaders of the JMM-led coalition took oath as ministers in the Hemant Soren government , Jharkhand Governor C P Radhakrishnan administered the oath of office and secrecy to the 11 leaders at a function in the Raj Bhavan.

After taking oath as a minister, Champai Soren said, "Whatever I have done in a short span as the CM is before everyone. Now let's see what responsibility is given to me."

Radhakrishnan, after administering the oath, said, "My best wishes to all the new ministers and to the new chief minister (Hemant Soren). We always go by the Constitution, which calls for addressing the needs of the poorest of the poor. I expect only that from the new government."

The new faces in the 12-member cabinet, which includes the chief minister, are Congress's Jamtara MLA Irfan Ansari, Mahagama MLA Deepika Pandey Singh and JMM's Latehar MLA Baidynath Ram.

Ram's name had been excluded at the last moment from the list of ministers in the previous Champai Soren cabinet, which he had termed as an "insult".

Those who retained their ministerial berths include Rameshwar Oraon and Banna Gupta of the Congress, besides JMM's Mithilesh Kumar Thakur, Hafizul Hasan, Dipak Birua and Bebi Devi and RJD's Satyanand Bhokta.

JMM chief Shibu Soren's youngest son Basant Soren and Congress's Badal Patralekh, who were road construction and agriculture ministers respectively in the former Champai Soren government, have been dropped as ministers in the Hemant Soren dispensation.

Earlier on Wednesday, Champai Soren, who had replaced Hemant Soren after the arrest of Hemant Soren by the Enforcement Directorate on January 31, resigned from his post, following which JMM Executive President Hemant Soren staked his claim to form the government.

Later on Thursday afternoon, Governor CP Radhakrishnan called Hemant Soren at the Raj Bhawan, appointed him as Chief Minister-designate and invited him to take oath.

Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren speaks in the State Assembly during a floor test special session, at Jharkhand Vidhan Sabha in Ranchi on Monday
Hemant Soren takes oath as Chief Minister of Jharkhand

Champai Soren’s resignation came after a meeting of INDIA Bloc MLAs called at the official residence of the Chief Minister in Ranchi on Wednesday 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 was granted bail by the Jharkhand High Court on June 28, after his arrest by the Enforcement Directorate in an alleged land scam case on January 31. He had resigned on January 31 before his arrest, leading to Champai Soren being sworn in as a temporary Chief Minister on February 2.

(With inputs from PTI)

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