Ranchi, Jan 28: A total of seven new ministers including five from the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha(JMM) and two from Congress have been today inducted in the Hemant Soren-led coalition government of the state.
In a function held at the Birsa Mandap of the Raj Bhawan here, Governor Draupadi Murmu administered the oath of office and secrecy to the new ministers including a woman minister. The new ministers who have been inducted from the JMM include Champai Soren, Haji Hussain Ansari, Jaggarnath Mahto and Mithlesh Kumar Thakur while from the Congress Banna Gupta and Badal make the cut.
The governor first administered the oath to Champai Soren of the JMM, followed by Haji Hussain Ansari, Jaggarnath Mahto, Joba Manjhi, Banna Gupta, Badal and Mithlesh Kumar Thakur. Those who were also present on the occasion included Chief Minister Hemant Soren, Jharkhand Assembly Speaker Ravindranath Mahto, Cabinet Ministers Aalamgir Aalam, Dr Rameshwar Oraon and Satynand Bhokta. The function also saw the participation of Dishom Guru and JMM supremo Shibu Soren, former Union Minister and incharge for party Affairs in Jharkhand RPN Singh, former Union Minister Subodhkant Sahai. This is the first cabinet expansion for the Hemant Government.
Exactly a month ago on December 28, 2019, Hemant Soren had taken oath as the 11th Chief Minister of the state and alongwith him two cabinet ministers from Congress-- Dr Rameshwar Oraon and Aalamgir Aalam-- and the lone RJD MLA Satyanand Bhokta had taken oath as cabinet ministers. Earlier the cabinet expansion was scheduled on January 24 but it got postponed at the very last moment as Mr Soren who had returned from Chaibasa after meeting the kin of the seven men who were killed in Burugulikera massacare urged the Governor to defer the date. In the 82 member Jharkhand Assembly (81 elected and 1 nominated from Anglo-Indian community) there can be a maximum of 12 cabinet ministers including the Chief Minister himself.
The Mahagathbandhan comprising the JMM, Congress and RJD had won the assembly elections which were held in December 2019 by a comfortable margin bagging 47 seats which was 6 more than the majority mark of 41. The JMM had won 30 seats, Congress, 16 and RJD 1. (UNI)