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Champai Soren takes oath as Jharkhand CM


Champai Soren was sworn in as the new Chief Minister of Jharkhand here on Friday.

Soren was administered the oath of office and secrecy by state Governor C P Radhakrishnan at a solemn function in the Raj Bhavan here.

The veteran Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) leader heads a coalition where Congress and Rashtriya Janata Dal are the other constituents. He has been asked to prove his majority in the Assembly within ten days.

Sixty-seven-year-old Soren replaces his party leader Hemant Soren, who resigned on Wednesday night and has been arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in a money laundering case linked to an alleged land scam.

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.

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