Hemant Soren Indian politician

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Hemant Soren
Chief Minister of Jharkhand Shri Hemant Soren.jpg
5th Chief Minister of Jharkhand
Assumed office
29 December 2019
GovernorDraupadi Murmu
Preceded byRaghubar Das
In office
13 July 2013 – 28 December 2014
GovernorSyed Ahmed
Preceded byPresident's rule
Succeeded byRaghubar Das
Leader of the Opposition,
Jharkhand Legislative Assembly
In office
7 January 2015 – 28 December 2019
GovernorSyed Ahmed
Draupadi Murmu
Chief MinisterRaghubar Das
Preceded byArjun Munda
Succeeded byBabulal Marandi
President of Jharkhand Mukti Morcha
Assumed office
13 July 2013
Preceded byShibu Soren
Deputy Chief Minister of Jharkhand
In office
11 September 2010 – 18 January 2013
Serving with Sudesh Mahto
GovernorM. O. H. Farook
Syed Ahmed
Chief MinisterArjun Munda
Preceded byPresident's rule
Succeeded byPresident's rule
Member of Jharkhand Legislative Assembly
Assumed office
2014
Preceded byHemlal Murmu
ConstituencyBarhait
In office
23 December 2019 – 6 January 2020
Preceded byLouis Marandi
Succeeded byBasant Soren
ConstituencyDumka
In office
2009–2014
ConstituencyDumka
Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha
In office
24 June 2009 – 7 July 2010
ConstituencyJharkhand
Personal details
Born (1975-08-10) 10 August 1975 (age 45)
Nemara, Ramgarh, Bihar (now in Jharkhand)
NationalityIndian
Political partyJharkhand Mukti Morcha
Spouse(s)Kalpana Soren
RelationsBasant Soren (Brother)
Children2
FatherShibu Soren
Websitecm.jharkhand.gov.in

Hemant Soren (born 10 August 1975) is an Indian politician from Jharkhand, who is the current Chief Minister of Jharkhand. Previously, he had also served as the Chief Minister of Jharkhand from July 2013 to December 2014.[1][2] He is also the president of the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha, a political party in Jharkhand.[3]

Early life

Soren was born in Nemara in Ramgarh district, Bihar (now in Jharkhand) to Roopi and Shibu Soren, former Chief Minister of Jharkhand. Hemant has two brothers and a sister. His educational qualification is Intermediate from Patna High School, Patna, Bihar.[4] As per affidavit filed before Election Commission, Hemant enrolled in BIT Mesra, Ranchi in Mechanical Engineering, but dropped out.[5][6]

Career

He was a member of Rajya Sabha from 24 June 2009 to 4 January 2010.[7] He started his political career as Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) on 23 December 2009. Later on, he became Jharkhand deputy CM on 11 September 2010 till 8 January 2013.[8]

As Chief Minister

He was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Jharkhand on 15 July 2013 with support from Congress and RJD after President's rule was removed from the state. He was again elected as the Chief Minister of Jharkhand in December 2019, and sworn in on 29 December.[9]

As Leader of Opposition

In 2016, the BJP government in Jharkhand tried amending the Chhota Nagpur Tenancy Act and the Santhal Pargana Tenancy Act which would allow owners and tenants of Adivasi land to use it for non-agricultural purposes and the other would allow transfer of Adivasi land for building roads, canals, educational institutions, hospitals, and other "government purposes". This led to huge protests in the state and Hemant had strongly protested against these amendments.[10]

CM Raghubar Das had invited Hemant to the Global Investors Summit in 2017, but Hemant called the summit a "maha chintan shivir of land grabbers" and claimed that it is being organised to loot the land of Adivasis, Moolvasis and the farmers of the state.[11]

In October 2017, he had demanded a CBI inquiry into the death of 11-year-old girl Santoshi Kumari who allegedly died of starvation in Simdega as the family was not given ration since July for not having Aadhaar number seeded to their bank account. Soren also demanded action against Chief Secretary Rajbala Verma, who, he said, had passed an order through video conferencing to remove the names of the families having not linked their Ration Cards with their Aadhaar number.[12]

He has been a vocal protester of the Direct Benefit Transfer in PDS and recently, voiced his concerns on how the scheme has caused tremendous suffering and injustice.[13] In April 2018, a JMM delegation led by Hemant Soren and his father Shibu Soren met the Hon'ble President Ramnath Kovind registering a strong protest on the dilution of the SC/ST by the Supreme Court and proposed amendments to the LARR Bill by the Jharkhand government[14]

In March 2018, Hemant Soren met Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao regarding a possible non-Congress and non-BJP front should be formed in the country.[15] However, he also attended a dinner hosted by UPA Chaiperson Sonia Gandhi where the agenda was to discuss a broader front against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) ahead of the 2019 general elections.[16]

He supports the call for banning liquor in Jharkhand on the footsteps of Bihar.[17] In response to the entry of liquor retail outlets in the state, he said "Now government will open liquor outlets in villages, which will ultimately impact the lives of poor tribals in Jharkhand. I appeal to the rural residents of the state to not allow liquor outlets in their villages." He added women's organizations would have to come forward to launch a struggle against government's liquor campaign.[18]

Chief Minister 2019–

On 29 December 2019, following the victory of the JMM, INC, RJD coalition in 2019 Jharkhand Legislative Assembly election, Hemant Soren was sworn in as Chief Minister of Jharkhand alongside Congress leaders Alamgir Alam and Rameshwar Oraon, and lone RJD legislator Satyanand Bhokta.[19]

Awards and honors

Soren was awarded Champions of Change Award in 2019, for his exceptional work for Dumka and Barhait constituency in the state of Jharkhand. The award was conferred by Shri Pranab Mukherjee at Vigyan Bhavan New Delhi on 20 January 2020.[20][21]

Personal life

Soren is married to Kalpana Soren and has two sons. He has a younger brother, Basant Soren, and a sister, Anjali.[22] He is an ardent follower of Birsa Munda, the nineteenth century tribal warrior, and takes inspiration from his courage and valour.[23][24]

References

  1. ^ "Hemant Soren becomes Jharkhand CM, heads 9th government in 13 years – The Times of India". India Times. 2013. Retrieved 14 July 2013. JMM leader Hemant Soren, son of party chief Shibu Soren, was on Saturday sworn in as the new chief minister of Jharkhand
  2. ^ "Hemant Soren, ninth CM of Jharkhand". The Hindu. 2013. Retrieved 14 July 2013. Jharkhand Mukti Morcha(JMM) MLA Hemant Soren was sworn in as Jharkhand’s ninth Chief Minister
  3. ^ "Jharkhand Mukti Morcha's Hemant Soren takes oath as Chief Minister of Jharkhand". DNA India. 29 December 2019. Retrieved 29 December 2019.
  4. ^ Honorable Chief Minister of Jharkhand Shri Raghubar Das Retrieved 18 February 2014.
  5. ^ "Team Hemant on shaky ground: Many cases against Cabinet hopefuls". Archived from the original on 22 February 2014. Retrieved 18 February 2014.
  6. ^ Meet Hemant Soren, the new Chief Minister of Jharkhand 13 July 2013. Retrieved 18 February 2014.
  7. ^ "Alphabetical List Of All Members Of Rajya Sabha Since 1952". 164.100.47.5. 2013. Soren Shri Hemant Jh from Dumka
  8. ^ http://www.elections.in/political-leaders/hemant-soren.html
  9. ^ "Hemant Soren to be sworn in as Jharkhand CM on December 29". 25 December 2019 – via english.jargan.com.
  10. ^ "Jharkhand should not tamper with CNT-SPT Acts: Hemant Soren – Times of India".
  11. ^ "Soren turns down invitation to 'intimidation of poor' summit – Times of India".
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 23 April 2018. Retrieved 23 April 2018.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  13. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 20 April 2018. Retrieved 20 April 2018.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  14. ^ "Trial 'bias'". www.telegraphindia.com.
  15. ^ "JMM leader Hemant Soren calls on Telangana CM".
  16. ^ Sharma, Aseem Gaurav (14 March 2018). "Congress Hosted A Dinner For 20 Parties To Forge A Coalition To Defeat BJP, Gets Trolled".
  17. ^ "After Bihar, minister asks CM to ban alcohol in Jharkhand". 11 April 2016.
  18. ^ "Jharkhand entry into liquor retail upsets mins, oppn". 23 February 2017.
  19. ^ Mrituanjay Kumar (30 December 2019). "THE MINISTERS OF STATE CABINET". Daily Pioneer.
  20. ^ "Asia's Premier News Agency – India News, Business & Political, National & International, Bollywood, Sports | ANI News". www.aninews.in.
  21. ^ Kumar, Gupteshwar (20 January 2020). "मुख्यमंत्री हेमंत सोरेन काे चैंपियन ऑफ चेंज अवाॅर्ड 2019 से किया गया सम्मानित". Dainik Bhaskar (in Hindi).
  22. ^ "Hemant Soren, once unlikely successor is Jharkhand's new chief minister". 13 July 2013.
  23. ^ "Jharkhand foundation day:Birsa Munda paid tributes;Ranchi light up – Jharkhand State News". jharkhandstatenews.com.
  24. ^ PTI (8 July 2020). "Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren home quarantines after cabinet minister tests Covid-19 positive". ThePrint. Retrieved 9 July 2020.
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