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Champai Soren takes oath as Jharkhand CM
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Champai Soren takes oath as Jharkhand CM

| @indiablooms | 02 Feb 2024, 01:10 pm

Ranchi/IBNS/UNI: A couple of days after Hemant Soren stepped down, Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) leader Champai Soren took oath as the new Chief Minister of the state.

Sixty-seven-year-old Soren, an MLA from Seraikella, was administered the oath of office by Governor C P Radhakrishnan at the Raj Bhavan here.

Along with Soren, a tribal leader, Congress leader Alamgir Alam and RJD leader Satyananda Bhokta took oath as ministers.

Champai Soren, who has become the seventh chief minister of Jharkhand, is a four-time MLA in the tribal-majority eastern state. He earlier was elected as a legislator in Bihar before Jharkhand's formation.

The 1956-born Champai Soren was the minister in charge of Transport, Scheduled Tribes, Scheduled Caste & Backward class welfare in Hemant Soren's cabinet.

The JMM-Congress-RJD alliance has 47 MLAs, of whom 29 are from Soren's party and 17 are from the Congress. The RJD of former Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Yadav has one.

The BJP has 25 MLAs and the AJSU, or All Jharkhand Students Union, has three. The remaining seats are divided between the NCP and a Left party (one each) and there are three independent MLAs.

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) Wednesday evening arrested Chief Minister Hemant Soren in connection with a money laundering case Wednesday evening, minutes after he quit the top post.

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