Mumbai: Transport Minister Champai Soren will be the new Chief Minister of Jharkhand after Hemant Soren decided to resign on Wednesday, state Congress chief Rajesh Thakur said.
This comes amid the Enforcement Directorate’s questioning of Hemant Soren in connection with a money laundering case. He has filed a police case against senior ED officers.The State’s ruling alliance unanimously chose Mr. Champai Soren as the leader of the JMM Legislature Party.
“Hemant Soren has resigned as Chief Minister of Jharkhand. The ruling JMM-Congress-RJD alliance has recommended Champai Soren, a senior JMM politician, as the new Chief Minister, according to State Congress President Rajesh Thakur.An ED team accompanied Mr. Hemant Soren to the Raj Bhavan. Meanwhile, JMM Rajya Sabha MP Mahua Maji claims that Mr. Hemant Soren is in ED custody.
Earlier, the lawmakers met at the CM’s mansion and elected Mr. Champai Soren as the leader of the JMM Legislature Party.According to party spokesperson Vinod Pandey, Mr. Champai Soren has garnered widespread support.
Previously, there were suggestions that Mr. Hemant Soren’s wife Kalpana Soren would be proposed as the new Chief Minister. The ruling coalition departed the Chief Minister’s house in three buses bound for Raj Bhavan. Mr. Hemant Soren was seen waving to folks as he left his home for the Raj Bhavan.The announcement came after the ED questioned Mr. Hemant Soren at his official residence in Ranchi for around seven hours under strong protection.
Earlier in the day, Mr. Hemant Soren filed an FIR against ED personnel for searches conducted at his Delhi apartment on Monday, according to officials. A curfew under Section 144 of the CrPC was enforced within a 100-metre radius of the Jharkhand Chief Minister’s residence, Raj Bhavan, and the ED’s office in Ranchi. The Sub-Divisional Office issued an official curfew order on Wednesday in preparation of rallies, processions, and protests against CM Hemant Soren’s continuous interrogation in a money laundering case.
Statehood movement leader
Mr. Champai Soren, together with Shibu Soren, extensively participated in the Jharkhand Movement in the 1990s, earning the nickname ‘Jharkhand Tiger’ for his critical role. Mr. Champai Soren has served as a representative from the Serikela Assembly constituency for over three decades, beginning in 1991. Mr. Champai Soren was born in November 1956 in Jilinggora village, Seraikela-Kharsawan district, Jharkhand. He is a matriculate and the father of seven children. He is the farmer’s son and is unrelated to the Hemant Soren family.