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Vishal Kant works as an Assistant Editor with Hindustan Times. He tracks developments in Aam Aadmi Party and Delhi government. Vishal has spent about a decade covering the city politics and governance, besides writing on Delhi’s civic issues, urban transport and infrastructure.

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JMM formally expels Sita Soren, Hembron from party for six years

Dropping its sitting MP Sunil Soren, the BJP has fielded Sita from the Dumka Lok Sabha seat, considered the citadel of the JMM that has been represented by Shibu Soren in the Parliament on eight occasions.

Sita Soren resigned from the JMM in March and joined the BJP. (ANI)
Updated on May 17, 2024 10:23 PM IST
By, Ranchi

Four seats up for grabs today as Jharkhand begins voting in Lok Sabha elections

Approximately 6.4 million voters in Jharkhand will vote for Lok Sabha seats in the upcoming fourth phase, with high-profile candidates in the fray.

Vehicles on election duty parked at the Birsa College Stadium on the eve of the fourth phase of Lok Sabha elections, in Khunti. (PTI)
Updated on May 12, 2024 10:06 PM IST
By, Ranchi

All bets off in three tribal seats of Jharkhand voting on May 13

In 2019, BJP has won 11 Lok Sabha seats out of the total 14 in Jharkhand and its ally Ajsu Party has won one seat. The remaining two, Singhbhum and Rajmahal in Santhal Parganas, were won by JMM-led alliance. However, BJP’s victory margin in seats reserved for STs was small — 1,445 votes in Khunti and 10,363 votes in Lohardaga. Congress defeated BJP by 72,155 votes in Singhbhum.

The three Lok Sabha seats of Khunti, Singhbhum and Lohardaga in Jharkhand are set for a keen contest (ANI)
Published on May 11, 2024 10:14 PM IST
By, Khunti/singhbhum/lohardaga

Tribal seats in Jharkhand going to polls to witness close triangular contest

Singhbhum Lok Sabha has six assembly segments and all are with the ruling JMM-Congress alliance. The seat has traditionally seen a direct fight between the Congress and the BJP

The three SC reserve Lok Sabha seats – Khunti, Singhbhum and Lohardaga – will go to polls on May 13 (Representative Photo)
Updated on May 11, 2024 04:02 PM IST

Pak hoping for Rahul to become India’s PM: Modi

PM Modi accuses previous Congress-led governments of being weak on terrorism, denies BJP will change Constitution, criticizes RJD's history of appeasement.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses an election rally in Palamu on Saturday. (ANI)
Updated on May 05, 2024 05:52 AM IST
By, Bishnu K Jha, Ranchi/ Darbhanga

In Jharkhand rallies, Modi swears by Constitution

Addressing two back-to-back rallies in Palamu and Lohardaga on Saturday, Modi said that the BJP exposed the intent of the Congress-led alliance of giving religion-based reservation by cutting into the share of the Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST), and Other Backward Classes (OBCs).

Prime Minister Narendra Modi being felicitated by BJP leaders during a public meeting in Palamu district on Saturday. (PTI)
Published on May 04, 2024 10:24 PM IST
By, Ranchi

Congress wants to change Constitution to give quota for minorities: Modi

PM Modi accuses Jharkhand government of looting state's resources, warns voters to 'punish' Congress for alleged plans to change Constitution on reservation.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi alleged on Friday that the INDIA bloc government in Jharkhand looted the state’s resources (PTI)
Updated on May 03, 2024 10:26 PM IST
By, Ranchi

Arjun Munda interview: ‘Entire world knows today about Birsa Munda’

Munda spoke on several issues, including related to tribals and farmers, alleged misuse of agencies, besides his and his party’s electoral prospects in the general elections. Edited excerpts.

Arjun Munda, union minister for agriculture and tribal affairs (Rupesh/HT Photo)
Published on May 02, 2024 10:30 PM IST
By, Khunti

Amit Shah doctored video: Delhi police summons Jharkhand Congress chief

Jharkhand Congress chief Rajesh Thakur said the Delhi police are asking for his phone and electronic devices at a time when the party is busy with election schedule and asked how can the police send such a notice without any investigation

Jharkhand Congress chief Rajesh Thakur. (File)
Published on May 01, 2024 01:55 PM IST

Kalpana files nomination for Gandey assembly seat bypoll

The JMM leader was accompanied by chief minister Champai Soren, Congress legislature party leader Alamgir Alam, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) minister Satyanand Bhokta, and Kalpana’s brother-in-law Basant Soren at the nomination centre, and will be up against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)’s Dilip Verma in the bypoll scheduled on May 20.

Kalpana Soren filed her nomination as the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) candidate for the Gandey assembly by-election. (HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 29, 2024 09:35 PM IST
By, Ranchi

Lok Sabha set to pluck out at least two J’khand MLAs

While fate of this dozen of MLAs would be determined on June 4, at least two of them are set to reach the Lok Sabha since two each in Hazaribag and Dumka are locked in a direct contest.

The strength of the 81-member Jharkhand assembly is set to reduce after the ongoing parliamentary elections in the country (HT Photo)
Published on Apr 27, 2024 10:03 PM IST
By, Ranchi

Kalpana Soren is JMM pick for Gandey assembly seat in bypoll

Gandey assembly bypoll has been necessitated after JMM legislator Sarfaraz Ahmed relinquished his assembly membership on December 30, 2023, when the then CM Hemant Soren was facing an arrest by ED.

Kalpana Soren at a party workers' meeting at Gandey earlier this month. (ANI)
Published on Apr 25, 2024 09:03 PM IST
By, Ranchi

Lok Sabha election: INDIA parties project unity at rally in Ranchi

Leaders from opposition parties in the INDIA bloc rally in Ranchi, warning of BJP's decade-long rule and threat to the Constitution.

INDIA bloc leaders at a rally in Ranchi on Sunday. (PTI)
Updated on Apr 22, 2024 12:50 AM IST
By, Ranchi

Hemant Soren’s arrest a conspiracy, says wife Kalpana in first political speech

Kalpana Soren addressed the 51st foundation day of the JMM in Giridih in presence of senior party leaders including chief minister Champai Soren

Kalpana Soren breaks down during the 51st foundation day function of the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha in Giridih district on Monday. (PTI)
Published on Mar 04, 2024 09:32 PM IST

SC ruling on MPs, MLAs: JMM's Sita Soren to face trial in horse trading case

The eldest daughter-in-law of JMM chief Shibu Soren would have to face trial before the special CBI court which is examining witnesses in the 2012 case.

JMM MLA Sita Soren. (PTI)
Updated on Mar 05, 2024 04:28 AM IST

JMM-Congress leaders busy filling coffers, will recover loot: PM Modi in Dhanbad

PM Modi said that the INDI alliance is anti-development, anti-people and it wants free ration distribution to be stopped but our government will carry on

PM Modi was addressing the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)’s Vijay Sankalp rally in Jharkhand’s Dhanbad (ANI file photo)
Updated on Mar 01, 2024 04:19 PM IST

Lone Congress LS member from Jharkhand Geeta Kora joins BJP

Geeta Koda, the lone Congress Lok Sabha member from Jharkhand, joined BJP. She accused Congress of appeasement politics and aims to support PM Modi's vision.

Lone Congress LS member from Jharkhand Geeta Kora joins BJP
Updated on Feb 26, 2024 03:43 PM IST

Champai-led coalition govt wins trust vote in Jharkhand

The Champai Soren-led Jharkhand government won the vote of confidence on Monday, garnering support of 47 out of the 77 legislators in the 81-member assembly.

Jharkhand chief minister Champai Soren addresses during a special session of the State assembly convened to seek trust vote of his government in Ranchi on Monday. (PTI)
Updated on Feb 06, 2024 04:03 AM IST

Hemant slams BJP, guv as JMM clears floor test

The JMM-led alliance garnered the support of 47 of the 77 members who voted in the 81-member state assembly

Jharkhand CM Champai Soren with Hemant Soren in Ranchi on Monday. (ANI)
Updated on Feb 06, 2024 04:40 AM IST
By, Ranchi

Challenge BJP to prove graft charges against me: Soren

Taking part in the confidence motion won by his successor Champai Soren in the assembly by a margin of 18 votes, the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) executive president also alleged that the Raj Bhawan was instrumental in his arrest “after a conspiracy was hatched by the Centre”.

Hemant Soren challenged the Opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday to prove the corruption charges against him (PTI)
Published on Feb 05, 2024 09:53 PM IST
By, Ranchi

JMM, Congress MLAs back in Jharkhand ahead of floor test

Thirty-five legislators of the ruling JMM and Congress alliance, who were camping in Hyderabad, returned to Ranchi on Sunday, a day before the newly formed Champai Soren government is scheduled to prove its majority in the state assembly on Monday.

MLAs of the ruling alliance in Jharkhand arrive at Birsa Munda Airport in Ranchi on Sunday. (PTI)
Updated on Feb 05, 2024 07:56 AM IST
By, Ranchi

Champai Soren sworn in as Jharkhand CM; Hemant in 5-day custody

Champai Soren is sworn in as the new Chief Minister of Jharkhand, following the arrest of his predecessor Hemant Soren on money laundering charges.

JMM leader Champai Soren takes oath as Jharkhand chief minister in Ranchi on Friday. (ANI)
Updated on Feb 02, 2024 11:59 PM IST
By, Ranchi

Jharkhand: Basant Soren likely to take oath as deputy CM in new government

While the governor has given ten days to Champai Soren to prove his majority on floor of the house, the ruling camp is likely to call a special session early next week to prove its strength

Basant is all set to take oath as deputy chief minister in the new government led by senior leader Champai Soren. (Basant Soren | Official X account)
Published on Feb 02, 2024 10:39 AM IST

SC to hear Hemant, guv keeps Champai waiting

Jharkhand governor CP Radhakrishnan invited Champai Soren to take oath as the next chief minister, resolving the instability convulsing the state. Champai Soren has been asked to form the government and will take oath tomorrow. Hemant Soren, the former CM who was arrested on money-laundering allegations, approached the Supreme Court for an urgent hearing. Champai Soren said that he has the support of 43 legislators, a majority in the House. The ruling coalition announced that it will shift 43 lawmakers to Hyderabad, but the plan was temporarily shelved due to bad weather.

JMM leader Champai Soren after a meeting with Jharkhand governor CP Radhakrishnan in Ranchi on Thursday. (PTI)
Updated on Feb 02, 2024 07:04 AM IST
By, Ranchi

Jharkhand: JMM-Cong-RJD alliance await Raj Bhawan invite to form next govt

The JMM-Congress-RJD alliance, which claims to have support of MLAs chose senior Champai Soren, as their legislature party leader.

The ruling camp has claimed support of 47 MLAs. (File photo)
Published on Feb 01, 2024 11:52 AM IST

ED quizzes Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren for 5 hours

The agency is investigating allegations of a land scam linked to the ownership of a parcel of land in Ranchi.

Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren addresses his supporters after being questioned by the Enforcement Directorate in a money laundering case linked to an alleged land scam, in Ranchi on Saturday. (PTI)
Updated on Jan 21, 2024 04:46 AM IST
By, Ranchi

JMM eyes LS seats outside Jharkhand

“Besides contesting in Jharkhand, the party has expressed its desire to contest tribal-dominated seats in neighbouring Odisha, Bengal, Chhattisgarh, Assam, and Bihar,” a JMM leader said.

JMM and Congress leaders during a meeting in Delhi. (HT photo)
Published on Jan 13, 2024 09:58 PM IST
By, Ranchi

Vigilance dept to take call on summons to state officials by central agencies

The direction comes at a time when several officials have been served summons by the directorate of enforcement in the state in past couple of years as part of a series of money laundering probes related to alleged illegal mining, land and excise scams.

Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren with his colleagues after a cabinet meeting in Ranchi on Tuesday. (PTI)
Published on Jan 09, 2024 09:30 PM IST
By, Ranchi

ED summons Jharkhand CM’s adviser in Sahibganj illegal mining case

“A senior official mentioned that Ramniwas Yadav has been summoned on January 11, Binod Singh on January 15, and Abhishek Prasad on January 16,” a senior ED official said.

The ED has summoned Abhishek Prasad, press adviser of Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren, for questioning on January 16. (Agencies/Representative use)
Published on Jan 06, 2024 09:58 PM IST
By, Ranchi

Jharkhand high court calls for lower court records plea filed by Gandhi

The petition seeks to quash an order passed by a Ranchi district court in a defamation case filed by a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) worker over an alleged derogatory remark by Rahul Gandhi against Union home minister Amit Shah.

Jharkhand high court sought the lower court records while directing to continue no-coercive stay in a petition filed by Rahul Gandhi (ANI)
Updated on Jan 05, 2024 10:04 PM IST
By, Ranchi
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