Ranchi: JMM MLA Champai Soren took the oath as 12th chief minister of Jharkhand today. Governor CP Radhakrishnan administered oath to Soren.
Congress MLA Alamgir Alam and RJD legislator Satyanand Bhokta also took the oath of office, further solidifying the newly formed government’s leadership.
Champai Soren, a 68-year-old veteran politician, currently represents the Seraikela constituency and holds the position of Jharkhand Mukti Morcha Vice President. He previously served as the Transport and Tribal Welfare Minister in the government led by Hemant Soren, who tendered his resignation on January 31 following his arrest by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in connection with a land scam.
His political journey has been marked by success, having secured victory in the assembly elections from Seraikela six times. Notably, between 1991 and 2019, he faced only one electoral defeat in 2000.
Since 2005, Champai Soren has maintained a consistent winning streak in the Seraikela constituency. In 2014, when Hemant Soren assumed his first term as Chief Minister, Champai Soren was appointed as the Minister of Food Supplies and Science and Technology.
As he takes on the role of Chief Minister, Champai Soren is expected to lead the state and navigate the various challenges and opportunities it presents, ensuring the welfare and progress of Jharkhand’s residents.
Notably, this is the first time that a JMM MLA outside of Shibu Soren’s family has ascended to the position of Chief Minister while the party holds power.