Hemant Soren to follow in fathers footsteps

Ranchi, July 13 (ANI): The newly-appointed Chief Minister, Hemant Soren, on Saturday vowed to take forward his father Shibu Soren's commitment to take Jharkhand forward.

"Today, Hemant Soren has taken oath in the shadow of Shibu Soren. You all are aware about his feelings and responsibility towards the state. Even I will now try to move ahead with his thought process," he told the media here.

Soren, who was interacting with the media for the first time after taking over as Jharkhand's Chief Minister, also announced aid for the Uttarakhand flood victims.

"The Jharkhand Government will give Rs. one lakh each to all the affected families in flood-hit Uttarakhand. And in addition to this, a compensation package will also be given to them by the Jharkhand Government," he said.

The Jharkhand Chief Minister also announced assistance for the families of those killed in the Maoist attack in Dumka District earlier this month.

"The Naxals killed Amarjit Balihar in Dumka. The government will help those killed in the incident, be it a police personnel or a civilian, and they will get their rights," he said.

Suspected Maoists ambushed a police convoy in Damini forest of Jharkhand, killing a superintendent of police and four others and raising concern over the efficacy of the government's counter-insurgency operations against the rebels.

Pakur Superintendent of Police Amarjit Balihar and his men were attacked when they were returning from a security review meeting in Dumka.

Hemant Soren was sworn in as Jharkhand's ninth Chief Minister today. He was administered the oath of office and secrecy by Governor Syed Ahmed at the Birsa Mandap situated in the premises of Raj Bhavan.

Rajendra Prasad Singh and Annapurna Devi, legislature party leaders of the Congress and the RJD respectively, were also sworn in as ministers.

Soren had staked claim on July 9 for the formation of a government in alliance with Congress, RJD, smaller parties and independent MLAs.

The alternative coalition comes nearly six months after the imposition of President's rule, which was to end on July 18.

The Central rule was imposed on January 18 after the JMM withdrew support to the BJP-led Arjun Munda Government on January 8. (ANI)

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