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Hemant Soren sworn in as Jharkhand’s eleventh Chief Minister

Ranchi: Immediately after taking on the charge, Hemant Soren’s government takes back cases lodged against the Tribals during the Pathalgadi movement.

Earlier today, Jharkhand has got its 11th Chief Minister – Hemant Soren as he was formally sworn in as the CM of Jharkhand at Ranchi.

On the occasion, several leaders of united Indian national opposition, were present to witness Soren, who has got the support of 51 legislators in the 81-seat Jharkhand Assembly, taking on the charge as the CM. Among the key political leaders to grace, the historic occasion were former Congress President Rahul Gandhi, Chief Minister of Rajasthan Ashok Gehlot, Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee, Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh Bhupesh Baghel, CPIM’s Sitaram Yechury, DMK’s Kanimozhi, MK Stalin, AAP party’s Sanjay Singh, Congress MP Udit Raj and senior leader Sharad Yadav were present during the swearing-in ceremony. Former Chief Minister Raghubar Das was present among the dignitaries.

A huge number of people were also present on the occasion to witness Soren taking the oath as the Chief Minister of Jharkhand.

Along with Hemant Soren, three cabinet ministers—Alamgir Alam and Rameshwar Urao of Congress and Satyanand Bhogta of Rashtriya Janata Dal took their oath today.

And living up to the public expectation, the very first decision of Soren’s cabinet was to take back all the cases including the sedition charges slapped on the tribals engaged in the Jharkhand’s Pathalgadi movement, during the Raghubar Das regime.

Apart from those allegedly involved in the Pathalgadi, the tribals who were slapped with cases for protesting against the amendments made in the CNT/SPT Act were also taken back.

In past two years, when tribals of Khunti and its surrounding areas began with the Pathalgadi movement to mark their area under PESA Act, but Raghubar Das led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in a bid to curb the movement had slapped sedition cases against thousands them.
Over 30,000 cases were lodged in this regard. At Bhandara village in Khunti, which had a population of

10,000 sedition cases were lodged against the entire village.

Reacting on it, Jharkhand Janadhikar Mahasabha (JJM), an umbrella body of civil society welcomed Hemant Soren government’s decision to take back Pathalgadi movement cases.

JJM has also demanded Soren’s government to conduct a judicial inquiry in cases where human rights were violated by the security forces in villages involved in Pathalgadi movement. And have also demanded adequate compensation for the victims. Camps from schools should be withdrawn, demanded Mahasabha.

After this decision, now it would be interesting to see, what action the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) led gathbandhan government will take in mob lynching cases and how the victims will be compensated.

Shahnawaz Akhtar

is Founder of eNewsroom. He loves doing human interest, political and environment related stories.

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