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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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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

Soren to remain Jharkhand CM, lead alliance in polls, say leaders after meeting

The legislative party meeting, chaired by Soren at his residence and lasting around two hours, deliberated on all potential scenarios in light of the Directorate of Enforcement (ED)’s actions against the chief minister and their possible political implications, leaders said.

Leaders emphasised that chief minister Hemant Soren would continue to lead the alliance government in Jharkhand (HT Photo)
Published on Jan 03, 2024 10:08 PM IST
By, Ranchi

ED raids Soren aide’s house, premises in 3 states

Searches were conducted in Ranchi, Deoghar, Hazaribag and Sahebganj in Jharkhand, besides Kolkata in West Bengal, and one location related to Ramniwas Yadav, deputy commissioner of Sahebganj district, in his home state of Rajasthan.

An ED official arrives with a currency counting machine at the house of Abhishek Prasad, Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren's press advisor, in Ranchi on Wednesday. Prasad’s house was among the multiple locations searched. (ANI)
Published on Jan 03, 2024 09:18 PM IST
By, Ranchi

ED raids residences of Hemant Soren’s media advisor, Sahebganj deputy commissioner

The raids are being conducted in connection with an ongoing money laundering probe related to the alleged illegal mining scam in Jharkhand

Representational image.
Published on Jan 03, 2024 09:46 AM IST

Ruling coalition to meet amid buzz of CM change

Since August 14, 2022, ED has issued seven summons to chief minister Hemant Soren for questioning in connection.

Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren
Published on Jan 03, 2024 03:31 AM IST

Hemant Soren replies to ED two days after deadline, says probe ‘biased’

The federal agency had served the Jharkhand CM its seventh summon, after he skipped the first six summons in a money laundering probe

Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren meets his father Shibu Soren in Ranchi on Tuesday. (ANI)
Updated on Jan 02, 2024 09:55 PM IST
By, Ranchi

JMM-led coalition convenes meeting amid speculation about Soren’s continuation

JMM lawmaker Sarfaraz Ahmad’s resignation from the Gandey seat triggered speculation that Soren might step down and name his wife, Kalpana, as the chief minister

Soren on Monday accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of attempting to topple his government since it came to power in 2019. (PTI)
Published on Jan 02, 2024 02:27 PM IST

As JMM lawmaker Sarfaraz Ahmed resigns, BJP leader takes a swipe at Hemant Soren

Jharkhand assembly speaker Rabindranath Mahto said he did not find it “appropriate” to inquire into the reasons behind Sarfaraz Ahmed’s resignation

Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren has been told to appear before ED for the seventh time. He refused to appear on all the six previous occasions (PTI)
Published on Jan 01, 2024 03:14 PM IST

ED serves seventh summon to Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren in PMLA case

ED has asked Jharkhand CM Shibu Soren to select and inform the agency within two days a place of his choice to get his statement recorded

Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren. (Fille)
Published on Dec 30, 2023 01:17 PM IST

Would attend Ram Temple inauguration if invited, says Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren

Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren also said that having a prime ministerial face for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections was not relevant for the INDIA block

Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren. (Image posted on X by Hemant Soren)
Published on Dec 28, 2023 05:51 PM IST

Jharkhand HC dismisses PIL against Hemant Soren on mining lease allocation

Soren had been summoned by the agency six times in the past three months, in an ongoing money laundering probe related to an alleged land scam in the state capital

Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren (File Photo)
Published on Dec 27, 2023 08:34 PM IST

Jharkhand assembly again passes domicile bill

Chief minister Hemant Soren moved the bill for passage while ignoring the amendments suggested by the Raj Bhavan

Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren during the winter session of the state legislative assembly, in Ranchi on Wednesday (ANI)
Updated on Dec 21, 2023 06:16 AM IST
By, Ranchi

Jharkhand assembly passes 1932 Khatiyan bill again

The Hemant Soren government, during a special session on November 11, 2022, had passed the ‘Jharkhand definition of local persons and for extending the consequential, social, cultural, and other benefits to such local persons Bill, 2022’, also known as the 1932 Khatiyan Bill.

The Jharkhand assembly, on Wednesday, once again passed the 1932-based domicile Bill (ANI)
Published on Dec 20, 2023 10:09 PM IST
By, Ranchi

3 BJP MLAs suspended by Jharkhand Speaker for disrupting House proceedings

The suspended MLAs include former minister Bhanu Pratap Shahi, chief whip Biranchi Narayan and BJP whip Jaiprakash Bhai Patel

Jharkhand BJP MLAs Bhanu Pratap Sahi and Biranchi Narayan being removed by Assembly Marshals after their protest inside the House on Tuesday. (PTI)
Updated on Dec 19, 2023 04:26 PM IST

Soren skipping summons as he has something to hide; challenge govt to raid my premises, have no fear: Marandi

Hitting back at the non-BJP parties of accusing the Narendra Modi government of misusing the central agencies, Jharkhand BJP chief Babulal Marandi said on Tuesday that only those who have something to hide are afraid of facing the agencies

Babulal Marandi (HT)
Updated on Dec 12, 2023 09:42 PM IST
By, Ranchi

ED sends its 6th summon to Soren, calls him for questioning today

Summons a part of ongoing money laundering probe related to sale and purchase of land in the state capital Ranchi

Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren welcomes Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar upon his arrival in Ranchi on Sunday. (PTI)
Published on Dec 11, 2023 09:18 PM IST
By, Ranchi

I-T raids on Odisha-based distillery unearth 300cr, and counting; Cong MP under lens

At least ₹300 crore in cash was recovered by the Income Tax (I-T) department during raids in three states across locations linked to an Odisha-based distillery group, officials said on Friday

The Income Tax department raided several locations linked to an Odisha-based distillery group across three states from Wednesday, and are likely to continue on Saturday. (PTI)
Updated on Dec 09, 2023 07:42 AM IST
ByDebabrata Mohanty,

Jharkhand: PM launches 24,000-cr schemes for vulnerable tribals

PM Narendra Modi launched the ₹24,000-crore Pradhan Mantri Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups (PM PVTG) Mission for the holistic development of primitive tribals. He also released ₹18,000 crore as part of the 15th installment of the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) scheme. Additionally, he inaugurated development projects worth ₹7,200 crores for Jharkhand and launched the Viksit Bharat Sankalp Yatra. The PM emphasized the government's commitment to social justice and the welfare of the tribal population.

PM Narendra Modi with Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren at the function in Khunti district on Wednesday. (PTI)
Updated on Nov 15, 2023 09:13 PM IST
By, Ranchi
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