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Jharkhand: At Hemant Soren's Oath Ceremony, A Show Of Opposition Unity
Hemant Soren will take oath as the eleventh Chief Minister of Jharkhand at a mega event in Ranchi this afternoon after his Jharkhand Mukti Morcha, along with ally Congress, won a clear majority in the state elections earlier this week.
Jharkhand: Hemant Soren's Oath Today, An Opposition Unity Event
New Delhi: In Jharkhand’s capital Ranchi, Hemant Soren took oath as the eleventh Chief Minister of Jharkhand, days after his Jharkhand Mukti Morcha - along with ally Congress and the RJD - won a clear majority in the state elections earlier this week. This is the second time that Mr Soren is being sworn in as the chief minister and today's event - where leaders across political spectrum are present - has been projected as a show of opposition unity.
Governor Droupadi Murmu administered the oath of office and secrecy to Mr Soren at Ranchi's Morabadi Ground along with two other state ministers. Rahul Gandhi the Congress leader, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, CPM's Sitaram Yechury, RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav and DMK's MK Stalin among other opposition leaders are present at the grand swearing-in ceremony.
The event has been dubbed as "Sankalp Diwas" (day of resolution) to "usher the state into a new era".
In a tweet this morning, Mr Soren appealed to the people of the state to attend the swearing-in ceremony in large numbers and "witness the historic moment". A video was also shared in the post where Mr Soren says: "I am extremely grateful for the clear majority that you people gave to our alliance. I understand your expectations from the new government. I want to invite all of you to the oath ceremony.”
CM Designate श्री हेमंत सोरेन जी आज दोपहर 2 बजे झारखण्ड के मुख्यमंत्री पद की शपथ लेंगे।— Office of Chief Minister, Jharkhand (@JharkhandCMO) December 29, 2019
आप सभी से अपील है कि इस ऐतिहासिक पल के साक्षी बनें।
मोरहाबादी मैदान में आयोजित कार्यक्रम में आप सभी सादर आमंत्रित हैं।#HemantTakesOath @HemantSorenJMM pic.twitter.com/bvCL9p1zgN
On Monday, the JMM-Congress-Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) alliance won 47 seats in the 81-seat assembly, well ahead of the majority mark.
Jharkhand's fifth Chief Minister, Mr Soren, has succeeded the BJP's Raghubar Das. Mr Das was the first Chief Minister in the state to complete a five-year term. The BJP's tally came down to 25 this time.
A team of "specialists" from universities like Oxford and Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), a creative social media campaign and a complete change of strategy helped script Hemant Soren's comeback in the state.
Son of Shibu Soren, one of the key figures in the statehood movement and a two-time Chief Minister, Hemant Soren made an early entry into politics. From 2009 to 2013, he was the deputy of Chief Minister Arjun Munda, when the party supported the BJP-led government. Central rule was declared in the state after the JMM withdrew support in January 2013. In July, Hemant Soren took over as the Chief Minister, the country's youngest, at the age of 38 years.
Hemant Soren, in his 17-month tenure, was known for bringing progressive policies like 50 per cent reservation in government jobs for women, and he played an instrumental part in tackling the Maoist insurgency in Saranda, West Singhbhum through a mix of development initiatives and security measures.