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Hemant Soren sworn in as Jharkhand chief minister

Gautam Mazumdar, Hindustan Times  Ranchi, July 13, 2013
First Published: 11:16 IST(13/7/2013) | Last Updated: 00:15 IST(14/7/2013)

Hemant Soren on Saturday took oath as the 9th chief minister of Jharkhand after President Pranab Mukherjee decided to end the 175 days’ President’s rule in the state.

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The President’s rule was imposed in the state after the JMM withdrew its support from the Arjun Munda-led coalition government on January 18, 2013.

Congress legislature party leader Rajendra Prasad Singh and RJD legislature party leader Annapurna Devi also took oath as cabinet ministers along with Soren.

Soon after taking oath Soren told Hindustan Times that he would expand his ministry soon after the floor test.

The government will also appoint a protem speaker till a consensus is reached for the new speaker among the ruling coalition. The decisions would be taken after the special cabinet meet called at 1 pm.

Soren said his government would frame a common minimum programme soon in consultation with the coalition partners and run the government on the dotted lines.

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Governor Syed Ahmed administered the oath of office and secrecy at Birsa Mandap in Raj Bhawan.

Chief secretary RS Sharma, DGP Rajiv Kumar besides bureaucrats, politicians from JMM, Congress, that included the legislators, national RJD leader Ram Kripal Yadav, former union minister Subodh Kant Sahai, and the six independents who have extended support to the government, were present during the function.

It was a proud moment for JMM chief and Hemant Soren's father Shibu Soren who handed over the reign of the state to his son. His mother Roopi Soren, wife Kalpana and other family members, were also present at the oath-taking ceremony.

The BJP observed the day as Dhikkar Diwas to protest against the governor’s action in welcoming Hemant to form the coalition government without verifying his claim to have the support of 43 legislators.

However, Hemant will have to walk on the tight ropes, as the independents and JMM legislators who want ministerial berths.


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