Five years proved to be a long time for Jharkhand Mukti Morcha leader Hemant Soren. But the wait ended today on a beaming note. Hemant Soren is all set to be the next Jharkhand CM, with the grand-alliance led by JMM winning a majority in the Jharkhand Assembly election.
When Hemant Soren campaigned to win consecutive mandate for his government in 2014, the political observers said he was trying to come out of the shadow of his father, Shibu Soren, the eternal agitator of Jharkhand politics. Hemant Soren lost his Dumka seat as well as the government in Jharkhand.
Not a natural choice of Shibu Soren to inherit his political legacy and mantle, Hemant Soren has risen above the horizon in the eastern state of Jharkhand. Shibu Soren was said to have been mentoring Durga Soren, the elder brother of Hemant, for a future role in the JMM as well as Jharkhand politics.
Durga Soren was elected to Jharkhand Assembly in 1995 from Jama seat, which his wife Sita Murmu won later. Durga Soren also contested Lok Sabha election but lost to BJP’s Nishikant Dubey from Godda.
Hemant Soren was not on political scene until 2009, when Durga Soren died in sleep at his Bokaro residence. The cause of death was identified as brain haemorrhage. Speculation, however, about his death continued months later.
Durga Soren’s death at 39 was a big shock and loss to Shibu Soren, who then roped in his second son Hemant Soren, who was till then understood to be reluctant to join politics.
Born in undivided Bihar, Hemant Soren completed his schooling from Patna before earning a degree in engineering from prestigious Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra in Ranchi.