JMM chief Shibu Soren takes oath as CM

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Ranchi, Aug 27: The political drama ends bitterly for one and happily for the other. On Wednesday, Aug 27, Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) president Shibu Soren took oath as the new Chief Minister of Jharkhand by means not fair.

Besides, eleven other ministers were also sworn in at the historic Morabadi Ground here. Governor Syed Sibtey Razi administered the oath of office and secrecy to Mr Soren (64), the sixth chief minister after the state was created on November 15, 2000. The ministers who took oath were Stephen Marandi (Ind), Sudhir Mahto (JMM), Kamlesh Kumar Singh (NCP), Anosh Ekka (Ind), Hari Narayan Rai (Ind), Joba Majhi (Ind), Nalin Soren (JMM), Bandhu Tirkey (Ind), Aparna Sengupta (FB), Dulal Bhuiya (JMM) and Bhanu Pratap Sahi (Ind).

Know more of Shibu Soren

Former Union Minister and prominent leader of Jharkhand movement Shibu Soren started his political career in the early 1970s.

He lost his first Lok Sabha election in 1977. He was first elected to the Lok Sabha in 1980. In 1986, an arrest warrant was issued against him. He was subsequently elected to the Lok Sabha in 1989, 1991 and 1996 as well. In 2002, he was elected to the Rajya Sabha with the help of the Bharatiya Janata Party. He won the Dumka Lok Sabha seat in a by-election the same year and resigned from his Rajya Sabha seat. He was re-elected in 2004. He became the Union Coal Minister in the Manmohan Singh government, but was asked to resign following an arrest warrant in his name in the thirty-year-old Chirudih massacre case.

He was re-inducted into the Union Cabinet and given back the coal ministry on 27 November 2004, as part of a deal for a Congress-JMM alliance before assembly elections in Jharkhand in February-March 2005.

On 2 March 2005, he was invited to form the government in Jharkhand by the state Governor Syed Sibtey Razi. He resigned as Chief Minister nine days later, on 11 March, following his failure to obtain a vote of confidence in the Assembly.

He was the Minister for Coal in the Union Cabinet in November 2006, when a Delhi district court found him guilty in the murder of his private secretary Shashi Nath Jha in 1994. The Delhi High Court on 23 Aug 2007 acquitted Soren from the much hyped murder case.

Soren was born on January 11, 1944 in Nemra village in azaribagh district.

Soren completed his schooling from the same district. After schooling he was married to Rupi Soren and decided to work with his father who was a farmer.

He has three sons Durga, Hemant, Basant and a daughter Anjali.


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