Hemant Soren invites Sonia, Rahul for swearing-in

Last Updated 25 December 2019, 15:36 IST

Fresh from a massive election win, Jharkhand Chief Minister-designate Hemant Soren on Wednesday met Congress President Sonia Gandhi and her predecessor Rahul Gandhi to invite them for his swearing-in ceremony in Ranchi on Sunday.

The 44-year-old Soren, who unseated BJP's Raghubar Das-led government, said Rahul has agreed to attend the swearing-in ceremony on Sunday while Sonia has assured him of her presence.

If Sonia travels to Ranchi for the inaugural of the JMM-Congress-RJD alliance government, it would be the second such instance after here presence at the swearing-in of H D Kumaraswamy as Karnataka chief minister last year.

Neither Sonia nor Rahul showed similar courtesies to the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress government that was sworn-in on November 28 in Mumbai with Sena President Uddhav Thackeray as the chief minister.

“I will also invite Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah for the swearing-in ceremony,” Soren told reporters after meeting the Gandhis.

Soren was accompanied by Congress leaders KC Venugopal and R P N Singh, the party's in-charge for Jharkhand.

Soren helmed three-party alliance stormed to power in Jharkhand on Monday, ousting the BJP from power in the second state after the saffron party's massive victory in the Lok Sabha elections.

JMM-Congress-RJD coalition won bagged 47 seats in the 81-member Jharkhand assembly with JMM emerging victorious on 30 seats, Congress 16 and RJD one. Babulal Marandi-led JVM (P), which won three seats, has declared “unconditional support” to Soren to form a government.

Congress credits its performance in Jharkhand to the decentralisation of the decision-making process in the state and keeping the campaign strictly to local issues and not joining in the BJP on national issues such as Kashmir, Article 370 and Ram Temple.

(Published 25 December 2019, 10:18 IST)

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