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Hemant Soren takes oath as 11th Chief Minister of Jharkhand; many key opposition leaders skip ceremony

After a spectacular win in the recently concluded Jharkhand assembly polls, Hemant Soren took oath as the 11th Chief Minister of the state on Sunday. Jharkhand Mukti Morcha leader replaced the former chief minister, Raghubar Das who also lost the election in his own constituency.

The ceremony took place at Mohrabadi Ground in Ranchi.

However, the oath swearing-in ceremony saw many leaders absent from the event. Many leaders from the Opposition unity were not present. It was reported that there was not a single senior leader from Samajwadi Party (SP), Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) or Congress party’s state unit. Even the personal invitees of the Hemant Soren, Congress president Sonia Gandhi and former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh did not turn up on the event.

At the same time, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav was busy addressing a press conference. Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra was also in the party’s work in Lucknow. Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray was also absent from the event along with the Kamal Nath from Madhya Pradesh and Arvind Kejriwal from Delhi.

JMM had fought the elections in alliance with the Congress party and Rashtriya Janta Dal (RJD). The alliance received a clear majority by winning on 47 seats in the 81-member house. JMM won 30 seats, while Congress and RJD secured 16 and one seat respectively.

The leaders who were present at the event included TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee, DMK chief MK Stalin, MP Kanimozhi, NCP leader Sharad Pawar, Tejashwi Yadav, CPI‘s D Raja, CPM leader Sitaram Yechury, Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel, and Ashok Gehlot.

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