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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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Raghubar Das’s elevation as Odisha governor settles issues within BJP in Jharkhand, say leaders

Raghubar Das, the only non-tribal chief minister in a state with over 26% tribal population, was a surprise pick for the top post in 2014. He led the BJP in the 2019 Jharkhand elections, but the party couldn’t secure a majority.

Raghubar Das’s appointment as the Odisha governor may help settle the leadership issue in the Jharkhand unit of BJP (ANI)
Updated on Oct 19, 2023 09:59 PM IST
By, Ranchi

How Raghubar Das’s elevation as Odisha guv settles BJP’s Jharkhand tussle

Former Jharkhand CM Raghubar Das's appointment as Odisha governor may settle leadership issue in favor of Jharkhand BJP unit chief Babulal Marandi, say party leaders. Das, the only non-tribal CM in a state with a large tribal population, lost his position in 2019, but continued to have influence in the state unit. Marandi is expected to play an important role in the party's return to power in 2024. Das's appointment has raised questions about his future in politics.

Former Jharkhand chief minister Raghubar Das has been appointed as Odisha governor (PTI File)
Updated on Oct 19, 2023 02:29 PM IST

Jharkhand cabinet approves free housing scheme for 800k poor families

The scheme, known as ‘Abuaa Awas Yojna’, would be fully funded by the state government and implemented over three financial years beginning in the current fiscal (2023-24), the officials said.

The Jharkhand cabinet approved a housing scheme to provide three-room pucca homes to an estimated 800,000 poor families. (ANI)
Published on Oct 18, 2023 09:50 PM IST
By, Ranchi

Jharkhand high court dismisses Hemant Soren’s plea challenging ED summons

Soren had challenged the summons issued by the Directorate of Enforcement (ED) for questioning in connection with an ongoing money laundering probe related to an alleged land scam in Ranchi in the past two months, the first being on August 7, besides terming section 50 and section 63 of PMLA “unconstitutional”.

The Jharkhand high court on Friday dismissed chief minister Hemant Soren’s petition challenging the ED summons (HT Photo)
Published on Oct 13, 2023 09:33 PM IST
By, Ranchi

In setback to Hemant Soren, Jharkhand HC dismisses his plea against ED summons

The Jharkhand high court observed that the period of appearance in the ED summons has already lapsed and so, there was no merit in the case

harkhand chief minister Hemant Soren had petitioned the Jharkhand high court against the ED summons (PTI)
Published on Oct 13, 2023 01:43 PM IST

Soren writes to PM for recognition of Sarna religious code

Earlier, Soren had on May 25 written to President Droupadi Murmu to assist the state gain Central approval for its proposal to include the ‘Sarna Code’ as a distinct recognised religious category.

Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren. (ANI)
Published on Sep 27, 2023 09:10 PM IST
By, Ranchi

Dumri by-election: JMM retains seat, wins by over 17k votes

Bebi Devi, a joint candidate of the ruling INDIA alliance, engaged in a direct battle with Yashoda Devi, a candidate backed by the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) ally Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).She secured 100,317 votes, while Yashoda Devi received 83,614 votes.

Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) leader and cabinet minister Bebi Devi emerged victorious in the Dumri assembly by-election (PTI)
Published on Sep 08, 2023 09:57 PM IST
By, Ranchi

Jharkhand opposes Centre’s move to amend coal bill

Jharkhand has forwarded its objections regarding the Coal Bearing Area (Acquisition and Development) Amendment Bill, 2023, which seeks to replace a 1957 law, officials said

The Centre will consider all aspects based on feedback received from the states, said Pratul Shahdeo, spokesperson of the Jharkhand unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (HT Archive)
Updated on Sep 06, 2023 12:48 AM IST
By, Ranchi

Dumri by election: High octane campaigning ends

The campaign for the Dumri assembly by election on September 5 concluded on Sunday, with supporters of the main contenders, INDIA candidate and minister Bebi Devi and AJSU Party’s Yashoda Devi, making a final push.

Chief minister Hemant Soren led a roadshow in Dumri to mobilise voters for INDIA candidate Bebi Devi (HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 03, 2023 09:29 PM IST
By, Ranchi

Jharkhand BJP chief booked for alleged remarks against Soren family

People aware of the development said that while complaints against Marandi have been filed by different people at various police stations in different districts, police officials have confirmed that FIRs have been registered in at least two districts — Ranchi and Deoghar.

Jharkhand Police on Friday registered at least two FIRs against BJP state president and former chief minister Babulal Marandi (ANI)
Updated on Aug 25, 2023 09:48 PM IST
By, Ranchi

2 FIRs against Babulal Marandi for ‘derogatory remarks’ against Soren family

A JMM worker in Ranchi district lodged the FIR against Babulal Marandi for allegedly making derogatory remarks.

Jharkhand BJP president and former chief minister Babulal Marandi started the Sankalp Yatra from Barhait on August 17 (X/babulalmarandi)
Updated on Aug 25, 2023 01:39 PM IST

Jharkhand: Congress asks its ministers to hold public hearings

The central leadership of Congress has directed four party ministers in Jharkhand to hold weekly Jan Sunwai to address grievances of party workers and people in general.

Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge holds a meeting with Jharkhand Congress leaders and others at AICC headquarters in New Delhi. (ANI)
Updated on Aug 22, 2023 10:01 PM IST
By, Ranchi

Soren rubbishes tribal land grabbing allegations by Oppn

Replying to a specific question at a function of a private news channel about his government’s initiative to return the land to tribals, Soren said several acres of land have already been returned to tribals in the state.

Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren on Monday denied allegations of grabbing tribal land (ANI)
Updated on Aug 21, 2023 09:50 PM IST
By, Ranchi

Modi surname case: HC exempts Rahul from personal appearance

The case is related to an ongoing defamation case in Jharkhand capital Ranchi, filed by an advocate, Pradip Modi, against Gandhi for his “all Modis are thieves” comment at an election rally in Ranchi in 2019.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi at a meeting with Jharkhand Congress leaders over the preparations and planning for the 2024 parliamentary polls, in New Delhi on Wednesday. (ANI)
Updated on Aug 16, 2023 09:12 PM IST
By, Ranchi

Modi surname case: Jharkhand HC exempts Rahul Gandhi from appearing personally

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi had made the remark “all Modis are thieves” at a rally on March 3, 2019. Subsequently, a defamation case was filed against him by advocate Pradeep Modi at a Ranchi court.

Congress MP Rahul Gandhi. (PTII photo)
Updated on Aug 16, 2023 04:36 PM IST

AJSU’s Yashoda Devi named NDA candidate for Dumri assembly by-polls in Sept

Doman Singh Munda, AJSU’s central parliamentary board member, said that Devi would file her nomination on August 17, the last date for nominations. “The central parliamentary board on Sunday cleared the name of Yashoda Devi as the party candidate for Dumri. She will contest as a joint candidate of the NDA,” he added.

Senior AJSU leaders, led by president Sudesh Mahto, reached the BJP headquarters and held a closed-door meeting (HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 13, 2023 09:58 PM IST
By, Ranchi

Tribals should unite in struggle for rights: Jharkhand CM Soren

Speaking at the two-day Jharkhand Adivasi Festival, an event showcasing tribal culture through dance, songs, cuisine, and seminars inaugurated by Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) president Shibu Soren, the chief minister said that the time is ripe to reinterpret and document the contributions of the tribal community in nation-building and civilizational growth.

Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren urged the tribal community on Wednesday to unite and support each other in asserting their rights (HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 09, 2023 09:28 PM IST
By, Ranchi

Jharkhand assembly clears Health Science University Bill, with CM as Chancellor

Amid protests by Opposition BJP members, the assembly cleared the Jharkhand Health Science University Bill, 2023, which aims to streamline health education across different discipline and institutions and establish a specialized autonomous body.

Jharkhand government tabled a Bill to set up a health science university, which would have CM Hemant Soren as its Chancellor (ANI)
Updated on Aug 04, 2023 09:25 PM IST
By, Ranchi

Jharkhand assembly: Govt, Oppn clash over drought relief

The state has recorded less than 50 per cent of monsoon rain this year, but the weather department has predicted good rain over the next one week, which could help reduce the deficiency.

Members of the ruling alliance in Jharkhand stage a protest outside the assembly over the Manipur violence. (HT)
Updated on Aug 02, 2023 09:21 PM IST
By, Ranchi

Arrested Ranchi bizman a land shark, ED tells court

Agrawal, a well-known businessman in Ranchi who owns shopping malls in the city, was arrested Monday night for alleged land scam.

Bishnu Kumar Agrawal in custody. (HT)
Updated on Aug 01, 2023 09:15 PM IST
By, Ranchi

Jharkhand: Cong revokes suspension of 3 MLAs caught with cash in WB

Announcing the decision, Jharkhand Congress president Rajesh Thakur said the party has decided to revoke the suspension of Irfan Ansari, Naman Bixel Kongari and Rajesh Kacchap because “nothing came out in police investigation” and since the three legislators have “accepted their mistake and tendered apology”.

Jharkhand Congress president Rajesh Thakur meets CM Hemant Soren. (ANI)
Updated on Jul 28, 2023 09:22 PM IST
By, Ranchi

Jharkhand cabinet nod to launch probe against 5 BJP ex-ministers

The Jharkhand cabinet on Tuesday greenlit a proposal by the state’s anti-corruption bureau to kick off a preliminary probe into a case of alleged disproportionate assets of five cabinet members in former BJP chief minister Raghubar Das’s government.

HT Image
Updated on Jul 26, 2023 12:57 AM IST
By, Ranchi

Jharkhand: Guv returns Jain University bill to govt

Sources in the government, however, said they are still assessing why the Raj Bhawan has returned the Jain University Bill though it has cleared another private university Bill — Durga Soren University bill, 2023, brought earlier this year.

Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren distributes assets of public welfare schemes to a beneficiary in Giridih on Wednesday. (ANI)
Updated on Jul 19, 2023 10:26 PM IST
By, Ranchi

J’khand: JMM, RJD eye more seats in LS polls

The three parties in Jharkhand had contested both Lok Sabha and assembly elections in alliance in 2019 as well. As per the seat sharing agreement, while Congress led the alliance with maximum seats to contest in Lok Sabha elections, the JMM led the alliance in the assembly polls.

Jharkhand Congress president Rajesh Thakur met CM Hemant Soren at the latter’s residence in Ranchi on Monday. (ANI)
Updated on Jul 17, 2023 10:04 PM IST
By, Ranchi

BJP picks ex-CM Marandi, its old tribal face, as new Jharkhand unit chief

Marandi, 65, who started his public life with the RSS and VHP, has the distinction of being the first chief minister of Jharkhand after it was carved out of Bihar in 2000.

Former Jharkhand CM Babulal Marandi. (HT)
Updated on Jul 04, 2023 09:45 PM IST
By, Ranchi

No coercive action against Rahul Gandhi: Jharkhand HC on Modi surname case

The special court hearing MP, MLA cases in Ranchi rejected Gandhi’s petition for exemption from personal appearance in the case on May 3

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi filed the petition in the Jharkhand high court to seek exemption from personal appearance (PTI File)
Updated on Jul 04, 2023 08:16 PM IST

Jharkhand’s Budha Pahad soon to become soft release centre of Palamau Tiger Reserve

Budha Pahad, the mountainous terrain once dotted by land mines installed by the Maoists, was ‘freed’ from the clutches of the extremist group in 2022 after months-long special operation by the security forces

 (Representative Photo)
Updated on Jul 02, 2023 04:45 PM IST

Jharkhand: 10 convicted in Tabrez mob lynching case, sentencing on July 5

24-year-old Tabrez Anasri was beaten to death for allegedly attempting burglary at a house in Dhatkidih village in the intervening night of June 17-18, 2019.

A protest against the 2019 lynching. (HT file)
Updated on Jun 27, 2023 10:09 PM IST
By, Ranchi

Have support base in seven LS seats in J’khand, but open to negotiations for seat sharing, says Raja

Raja was in the state to hold consultations with his state executive about the future prospects. A delegation of the party led by Raja also met chief minister Hemant Soren on Sunday.

Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren meets CPI general secretary D. Raja, in Ranchi, on Sunday. (PTI)
Updated on Jun 19, 2023 09:32 PM IST

‘Con man’ held for fleecing people in Jharkhand, Bihar

Khunti superintendent of police (SP) Aman Kumar said during the investigation it came to light that the accused committed similar crimes across several districts in Bihar and Jharkhand and conned different persons to the tune of around ₹25 lakh since November 2022.

The accused was arrested from Jharkhand’s Khunti district on Wednesday. (Picture for representation)
Updated on Jun 15, 2023 10:07 PM IST
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