Vishal Kant

Vishal Kant

Vishal Kant works as an Assistant Editor with Hindustan Times. He tracks developments in Aam Aadmi Party and Delhi government. Vishal has spent about a decade covering the city politics and governance, besides writing on Delhi’s civic issues, urban transport and infrastructure.

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WB Assembly elections: Hemant campaigns for TMC, appeals voters to defeat ‘divisive’ BJP

By Vishal Kant, Ranchi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 24, 2021 10:15 PM IST
Chief minister and working president of Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) on Wednesday campaigned for Trinamool Congress (TMC) candidates across three assembly segments in Purulia and Bankura districts in West Bengal and appealed the voters to defeat the “divisive” Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) as voters did in Jharkhand in the 2019 Assembly polls
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State will recommend SC to remove 50% cap on reservation: CM Soren

By Vishal Kant, Ranchi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 19, 2021 10:24 PM IST
The Jharkhand government will inform the Supreme Court that the state was a votary to remove the 50% cap on reservation in government jobs to those belonging to Scheduled Tribe (ST), Scheduled Caste (SC) and Other Backward Categories (OBC), chief minister Hemant Soren (CM) said on Friday
File photo: Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren. (HT Photo)
File photo: Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren. (HT Photo)

‘Jharkhand would recommend SC to remove 50% cap on reservation’: CM

UPDATED ON MAR 19, 2021 09:58 PM IST
Jharkhand is the second state after Rajasthan which would ask the Supreme Court to remove the 50 per cent cap on reservation in government jobs.
File photo: Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren.(Diwakar Prasad/ Hindustan Times)
File photo: Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren.(Diwakar Prasad/ Hindustan Times)

Former Jharkhand minister Haji Ansari’s son inducted in Hemant Soren cabinet

By Vishal Kant, Ranchi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 05, 2021 01:40 PM IST
  • Hemant Soren decided to induct Haji Ansari’s son, who is not yet a member of the Jharkhand legislative assembly, as the 10th member of his cabinet.
Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren is likely to induct his former minister's son into his cabinet on Friday.(HT Photo)
Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren is likely to induct his former minister's son into his cabinet on Friday.(HT Photo)

Former Jharkhand minister Haji Ansari’s son to be inducted in Hemant cabinet

By Vishal Kant | Edited by Abhinav Sahay, Ranchi
UPDATED ON FEB 05, 2021 10:02 AM IST
  • By-election for Madhupur assembly seat is likely to be held next month and Hafizul was considered a front runner for the seat.
Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren, whose government completes one year tomorrow, also lamented the poor state of opposition in the country and called for “collective responsibility” to take on the BJP. (Photo@HemantSorenJMM)
Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren, whose government completes one year tomorrow, also lamented the poor state of opposition in the country and called for “collective responsibility” to take on the BJP. (Photo@HemantSorenJMM)

‘Not getting GST dues, even BJP-ruled states unhappy’: Hemant Soren

Hindustan Times, Ranchi | By Vishal Kant
UPDATED ON DEC 28, 2020 04:40 PM IST
Despite the talk about cooperative federalism, Soren, citing his experience as CM over the past year, said that the relationship between the Centre and the state is not healthy
Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) candidate Basant Soren along with party workers celebrates his victory in the Dumka Assembly by-election.(PTI Photo)
Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) candidate Basant Soren along with party workers celebrates his victory in the Dumka Assembly by-election.(PTI Photo)

Jharkhand by-polls: 3rd member of Soren family elected in a ruling alliance show

Hindustan Times, Ranchi | By Vishal Kant | Edited by Abhinav Sahay
UPDATED ON NOV 10, 2020 08:53 PM IST
Sita Soren, wife of late Durga Soren, eldest son of Shibu Soren, represents Jama seat in the Jharkhand assembly. JMM chief Shibu Soren is currently a member of the Rajya Sabha.
Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren.(PTI)
Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren.(PTI)

Jharkhand by-polls: BJP eyes to wrest Dumka, Bermo from ruling JMM, Congress

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Vishal Kant
UPDATED ON NOV 02, 2020 11:56 PM IST
The by-election on two seats was necessitated as chief minister Hemant Soren vacated Dumka assembly after registering victory from two seats and retained Barhait. Bermo fell vacant after veteran Congress legislator Rajendra Prasad Singh died of illness in May.
Hitting out at the offer after a state cabinet meet, Soren said he will write and speak to Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the issue.(PTI Photo)
Hitting out at the offer after a state cabinet meet, Soren said he will write and speak to Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the issue.(PTI Photo)

Jharkhand rejects Centre’s loan offer in lieu of GST compensation

Hindustan Times, Ranchi | By Vishal Kant
PUBLISHED ON OCT 17, 2020 06:27 AM IST
A statement issued by chief minister Hemant Soren’s office said the central government was trying to trap the Jharkhand government to increase borrowings from markets in the times of economic instability.
Chief minister Hemant Soren underlined that he would speak to the Prime Minister over these issues, besides writing to him officially. (Photo @HemantSorenJMM)
Chief minister Hemant Soren underlined that he would speak to the Prime Minister over these issues, besides writing to him officially. (Photo @HemantSorenJMM)

Jharkhand rejects Centre’s loan offer in lieu of GST compensation

Hindustan Times, Ranchi | By Vishal Kant
UPDATED ON OCT 16, 2020 09:19 PM IST
As per the state government, the Centre currently owes around Rs 3300 crore as GST dues to the Jharkhand government.
Rameshwar Oraon’s claim of use of money power to lure Congress MLAs in Jharkhand has been dismissed by the BJP.(PTI Photo/File)
Rameshwar Oraon’s claim of use of money power to lure Congress MLAs in Jharkhand has been dismissed by the BJP.(PTI Photo/File)

Now, BJP accused of ‘luring’ Jharkhand MLAs, saffron party says govt hiding failures

Hindustan Times, Ranchi | By Vishal Kant | Edited by Abhinav Sahay
UPDATED ON JUL 15, 2020 09:52 PM IST
Jharkhand Congress president alleged BJP had tried to lure Congress MLAs with money during the RS polls in the state.
Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) Chief Shibu Soren arrives at State Assembly to collect his certificate after winning the Rajya Sabha election, in Ranchi.(PTI)
Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) Chief Shibu Soren arrives at State Assembly to collect his certificate after winning the Rajya Sabha election, in Ranchi.(PTI)

JMM chief, BJP candidate win 2 Jharkhand seats

Hindustan Times, Ranchi | By Vishal Kant
UPDATED ON JUN 20, 2020 07:02 AM IST
The ruling JMM has 29 legislators in the assembly while the BJP 26 and Congress 15. The All Jharkhand Students Union Party’s two and as many independent lawmakers also voted for Prakash.
Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren presents a flower bouquet to his father and Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) Chief Shibu Soren after he won Rajya Sabha Election from Jharkhand(PTI Photo)
Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren presents a flower bouquet to his father and Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) Chief Shibu Soren after he won Rajya Sabha Election from Jharkhand(PTI Photo)

JMM’s Shibu Soren and BJP’s Deepak Prakash win Rajya Sabha polls from Jharkhand

Hindustan Times, Ranchi | By Vishal Kant | Posted by Abhinav Sahay
UPDATED ON JUN 19, 2020 10:07 PM IST
With the win on Friday, BJP now has four Rajya Sabha members from Jharkhand.
A student who returned from Kota, Rajasthan leave for her native place at the Hatia railway station, in Ranchi on Saturday(ANI)
A student who returned from Kota, Rajasthan leave for her native place at the Hatia railway station, in Ranchi on Saturday(ANI)

Jharkhand extends lockdown by 2 weeks, will not implement Centre’s relaxations

Hindustan Times, Ranchi | By Vishal Kant
UPDATED ON MAY 03, 2020 07:06 PM IST
Chief minister Hemant Soren announced the decision after a high-level meeting at the state secretariat on Sunday.
The hand of a blood donor squeezing a medical rubber ball(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
The hand of a blood donor squeezing a medical rubber ball(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Blood shortage for Thalassemic children in Jharkhand looms during Covid lockdown

Hindustan Times, Ranchi | By Vishal Kant
UPDATED ON APR 23, 2020 05:16 PM IST
Life Savers have only managed to get 248 units of blood through six outdoor donation drives since the lockdown started.
A deserted view of raod during a government-imposed nationwide lockdown against the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus in Ranchi on April 11.(ANI)
A deserted view of raod during a government-imposed nationwide lockdown against the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus in Ranchi on April 11.(ANI)

Late surge of positive covid cases mark first leg of lockdown in Jharkhand

Hindustan Times, Ranchi | By Vishal Kant
PUBLISHED ON APR 15, 2020 06:19 PM IST
As per the latest official data, the number of positive cases stand at 24, of which two persons have died — one each in Ranchi and Bokaro.
Jharkhand Governor Droupadi Murmu (5L) and Chief Minister Hemant Soren (4L) along with the newly sworn-in cabinet ministers after an oath-taking ceremony at Raj Bhawan, in Ranchi, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020.(PTI)
Jharkhand Governor Droupadi Murmu (5L) and Chief Minister Hemant Soren (4L) along with the newly sworn-in cabinet ministers after an oath-taking ceremony at Raj Bhawan, in Ranchi, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020.(PTI)

Jharkhand cabinet expanded, 7 take oath as ministers

Hindustan Times, Ranchi | By Vishal Kant, Ranchi
UPDATED ON JAN 29, 2020 07:51 AM IST
Besides the chief minister, the state could have 11 ministers. Hence, one berth is still vacant in the cabinet.
MM leader and CM-designate Hemant Soren with Congress chief Sonia Gandhi in New Delhi.(ANI)
MM leader and CM-designate Hemant Soren with Congress chief Sonia Gandhi in New Delhi.(ANI)

Hemant Soren’s swearing-in set to be Opposition’s show of strength

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Vishal Kant
PUBLISHED ON DEC 28, 2019 12:55 AM IST
Congress leaders Rahul and Priyanka Gandhi, Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati, Nationalist Congress Party’s Sharad Pawar, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee and her Maharashtra and Delhi counterparts Uddhav Thackeray and Arvind Kejriwal will attend the event.
Several opposition leaders will attend Hemant Soren’s swearing-in ceremony in Jharkhand.(PTI Photo)
Several opposition leaders will attend Hemant Soren’s swearing-in ceremony in Jharkhand.(PTI Photo)

Galaxy of opposition leaders to attend Hemant Soren’s swearing-in

Hindustan Times, Ranchi | By Vishal Kant
UPDATED ON DEC 27, 2019 09:59 PM IST
Their presence on a common stage gains significance in the context of protests that have taken place against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act and the proposed National Register of Citizens (NRC).
Ranchi, India - Dec. 23, 2019: JMM working president and Chief Ministerial candidate Hemant Soren rides a bicycle when he came to seek blessings after victory in the assembly election at Shibu Soren's residence in Ranchi, Jharkhand, India, on Monday, December 23, 2019. (Photo by Diwakar Prasad/ Hindustan Times)(Diwakar Prasad/ Hindustan Times)
Ranchi, India - Dec. 23, 2019: JMM working president and Chief Ministerial candidate Hemant Soren rides a bicycle when he came to seek blessings after victory in the assembly election at Shibu Soren's residence in Ranchi, Jharkhand, India, on Monday, December 23, 2019. (Photo by Diwakar Prasad/ Hindustan Times)(Diwakar Prasad/ Hindustan Times)

Hemant Soren, 44, set for second term on a stronger footing

Hindustan Times, Ran | By Vishal Kant
UPDATED ON DEC 24, 2019 09:39 AM IST
He had to compete with the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) star campaigners, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union home minister Amit Shah.
Jharkhand Election Results 2019: Hemant Soren: JMM Gen Next could take another leap Monday.(Hemant Soren/Twitter)
Jharkhand Election Results 2019: Hemant Soren: JMM Gen Next could take another leap Monday.(Hemant Soren/Twitter)

Jharkhand Election Results 2019: Hemant Soren, JMM’s GenNext, hopes to make his mark in Jharkhand

Ranchi | By Vishal Kant
UPDATED ON DEC 23, 2019 10:56 AM IST
Jharkhand Assembly Results 2019: JMM, Congress and RJD contested the 2019 assembly election in alliance against the ruling BJP-JAUS combine. While the JMM contested 43 seats, Congress contested 31 and the RJD in the rest seven.
Das is facing a tough contest from his pocket borough Jamshedpur East by BJP rebel Saryu Roy, a minister in the outgoing Raghubar cabinet.(@dasraghubar)
Das is facing a tough contest from his pocket borough Jamshedpur East by BJP rebel Saryu Roy, a minister in the outgoing Raghubar cabinet.(@dasraghubar)

Raghubar Das: First non-tribal chief minister of state eyeing second term

Ranchi | By Vishal Kant
UPDATED ON DEC 23, 2019 10:20 AM IST
CM Raghubar Das, heading a coalition of the BJP and AJSUP, holds the distinction of being the first non-tribal to have held the coveted post in Jharkhand, where tribals make the single-biggest chunk of voters.
At least three exit polls predicted that the Cong-JMM alliance, which focused on local issues during the campaign, had an advantage this time. (Photo ANI)
At least three exit polls predicted that the Cong-JMM alliance, which focused on local issues during the campaign, had an advantage this time. (Photo ANI)

Jharkhand Assembly Election 2019 Results: All eyes on verdict, counting begins at 8 am

Hindustan Times, Ranchi | By Vishal Kant
UPDATED ON DEC 23, 2019 07:28 AM IST
In the 19-year-old state, carved out of Bihar in 2000, political uncertainty and fractured mandates marked elections till 2014.
JMM working President and former chief minister Hemant Soren in Ranchi on Sunday, September 15, 2019.(Diwakar Prasad/ Hindustan Times)
JMM working President and former chief minister Hemant Soren in Ranchi on Sunday, September 15, 2019.(Diwakar Prasad/ Hindustan Times)

People are determined to vote for a change in state, says JMM’s Hemant Soren

Hindustan Times, Ranchi | By Vishal Kant
UPDATED ON DEC 11, 2019 05:30 AM IST
JMM working president and the chief ministerial face Hemant Soren (44) has emerged as the main campaigner for the JMM, Congress and Rashtriya Janata Dal (JDF) alliance in Jharkhand assembly elections.
The BJP fought all three previous assembly elections in Jharkhand in a pre-poll pact with one party or the other.(HT File)
The BJP fought all three previous assembly elections in Jharkhand in a pre-poll pact with one party or the other.(HT File)

Jharkhand Assembly Election 2019: BJP going solo for first time in state

Hindustan Times, Ranchi | By Vishal Kant, Ranchi
PUBLISHED ON NOV 22, 2019 02:15 PM IST
Jharkhand Assembly Election 2019: The BJP on Wednesday night announced candidates for seven more seats, thus declaring nominees for 79 assembly seats in the 81-member assembly, besides declaring support for one independent in Hussainabad seat.
Balmuchu is likely to be fielded from Ghatsila.(HT Photo)
Balmuchu is likely to be fielded from Ghatsila.(HT Photo)

Balmuchu joins AJSU, third ex-Congress Jharkhand president to desert party in 2 months

Hindustan Times, Ranchi | By Vishal Kant
UPDATED ON NOV 15, 2019 06:29 AM IST
Speaking to reporters after joining the AJSU Party in presence of its president Sudesh Mahto, Balmuchu said his decision is guided by his effort to save his ‘rajnaitik zameen’ (political support base).
JMM working President Hemant Soren, AICC(I) Jharkhand Incharge RPN Singh, state Congress president Rameshwar Oraon and other leaders showing their unity after the seat sharing with both the parties in the assembly election during a press conference at Press club in Ranchi, India, on Friday, November 8, 2019.(Diwakar Prasad/ Hindustan Times)
JMM working President Hemant Soren, AICC(I) Jharkhand Incharge RPN Singh, state Congress president Rameshwar Oraon and other leaders showing their unity after the seat sharing with both the parties in the assembly election during a press conference at Press club in Ranchi, India, on Friday, November 8, 2019.(Diwakar Prasad/ Hindustan Times)

JMM, Congress, RJD join hands for Jharkhand assembly polls

Hindustan Times, Ranchi | By Vishal Kant
UPDATED ON NOV 11, 2019 07:25 AM IST
The Congress and the JMM announced that the leader of the opposition in the outgoing assembly, Hemant Soren of the JMM, will be projected as the alliance’s chief ministerial face.
AICC(I) Jharkhand incharge RPN Singh ,state Congress president Rameshwar Oraon and other senior leaders during "Jan Akrosh " rally at state assembly ground in Ranchi.(Diwakar Prasad/ Hindustan Times)
AICC(I) Jharkhand incharge RPN Singh ,state Congress president Rameshwar Oraon and other senior leaders during "Jan Akrosh " rally at state assembly ground in Ranchi.(Diwakar Prasad/ Hindustan Times)

Jharkhand assembly polls: JVM-P to go solo, Cong in damage-control mode to save grand alliance

Hindustan Times, Ranchi | By Vishal Kant
UPDATED ON NOV 04, 2019 10:14 PM IST
The JVM-P was part of the opposition alliance and contested two of the 14 Lok Sabha seats. However, Babulal Marandi, the first chief minister of Jharkhand, has now called a two-day meet on November 5 and 6 for scrutiny of candidates for all the seats.
Tribal leader Rameshwar Oraon has been appointed Congress party’s new chief in Jharkhand.(HT Photo)
Tribal leader Rameshwar Oraon has been appointed Congress party’s new chief in Jharkhand.(HT Photo)

Rameshwar Oraon takes charge as Jharkhand Congress chief; will he be able to rein in warring camps?

Hindustan Times, Ranchi | By Vishal Kant
UPDATED ON AUG 27, 2019 01:05 PM IST
Rameshwar Oraon has served as the minister of state for tribal affairs in the first term of the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government. He also headed the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST) for two terms from 2010 onwards.
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