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Hemant Soren, father’s second choice as heir, becomes Jharkhand CM again

RANCHI: JMM leader Hemant Soren, the son of Jharkhand architect Shibu Soren, took the reins of the state as chief minister on Sunday, a week after a three-party coalition, led by him, swept the assembly polls, bagging 47 seats in the 81-member Assembly.
This will be Soren's second stint as the chief minister of the tribal state. His first stint, when he became the CM on July 15 2013, had lasted for just about 14 months.
With support from his allies – the Congress and the RJD – Soren, who had been the face of the coalition, stormed to power, as his party alone won 30 Assembly seats, its highest tally ever.
Born to Shibu Soren, known as 'Guruji' to his innumerable followers, and wife Roopi on August 10, 1975 at Nemra village in Ramgarh district of Jharkhand, the newly sworn-in chief minister has been widely credited with stitching the alliance to defeat the seemingly invincible BJP.
Shibu Soren, along with his family, was present at the swearing-in ceremony on Sunday.
The senior Soren, who had served as chief minister thrice, is known to have groomed Hemant to helm the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM), after his elder son Durga Soren died of suspected kidney failure and was convicted in the Chirrudih massacre case.
Durga was Guruji's first choice for inheriting his political legacy and mantle.
It was only after he died and 'Guruji' quit the Manmohan Singh cabinet owing to his court conviction, Hemant emerged as heir apparent of the 'Soren clan' and won the Dumka Assembly seat in 2009.
He went on to become a Rajya Sabha member in 2009- 2010, before becoming Jharkhand's youngest chief minister in 2013, with the support of the Congress and the RJD.
During his political ascendency, Soren was able to sideline JMM's senior leaders Stephen Marandi, Simon Marandi and Hemlal Murmu, prompting them to quit the party.
While Murmu and Simon Marandi joined the BJP, Stephen Marandi floated a party along with the first BJP chief minister of the state, Read More – Source

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