Jailed Hemant Soren, Surrounded By Cops, Arrives For Jharkhand Trust Vote

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Champai Soren took oath as Jharkhand Chief Minister on Thursday

Ranchi:

Former Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren arrived in assembly today amid tight security as Champai Soren faced a trust vote.

A special court in Ranchi had allowed Hemant Soren, also the Executive President of the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) to take part in the trust vote – a litmus test for the Champai Sore-led government.

Mr Soren pleaded before the court that he is a member of the assembly and has a right to participate in the special session which is crucial for his party.

Champai Soren, veteran leader of the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha, took oath as the new Chief Minister of Jharkhand on Thursday, a day after Hemant Soren was arrested.

The Enforcement Directorate has alleged that Hemant Soren is involved in a Rs 600-crore land scam and the laundering of its proceeds.

The land scam involves a “huge racket” to change of ownership of government land and selling it to builders, the agency has alleged.

Mr Soren has claimed that he is the target of a huge conspiracy.

“The BJP conspiracy against him has succeeded for a while. But our government has majority and will continue,” said state minster Mithilesh Thakur.

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