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RANCHI, 13 JULY: JMM leader Hemant Soren, son of party chief Shibu Soren, was today sworn in as the new Chief Minister of Jharkhand.
The 37-year-old tribal leader was administered the oath of office and secrecy by Governor Syed Ahmed at the Birsa Mandap situated in the premises of Raj Bhavan. Mr Rajendra Prasad Singh and Ms Annapurna Devi, Legislature Party leaders of the Congress and the RJD respectively, were also sworn in as ministers. Mr Hemant Soren, who heads the ninth ministry in less than 13 years, became the fifth tribal Chief Minister after Babulal Marandi (once), Mr Arjun Munda (thrice), Mr Shibu Soren (thrice) and Ms Madhu Koda (once) since the state was created on 15 November 2000.
Earlier, the Governor invited Mr Soren for the swearing-in ceremony late last night after Raj Bhavan received official communication about the Presidential assent on the Cabinet recommendation for revocation of Central rule in the state.
The JMM-LP leader had staked claim on 9 July for formation of a government in alliance with the Congress, the Rashtriya Janata Dal, smaller parties and independent MLAs. Mr Soren, who gave the Governor a list of 43 MLAs supporting him in the 82-member Assembly, is expected to expand his ministry after taking the floor test.The alternative coalition comes nearly six months after the imposition of President’s rule, which was to end on 18 July. This is the third government in the same house, which was constituted after the results threw a fractured mandate in the November/December 2009 Assembly elections.