Hemant Soren is a former chief minister of Jharkhand and the son of three-term CM of the state, Shibu Soren. During the Arjun Munda ministry, Hemant Soren was the deputy CM. At present, he is the working president of the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM).
Hemant started his political career at the time of the 2009 Jharkand state Assembly election and was elected as the MLA from the Dumka constituency. Later that year, he became a member of the Rajya Sabha. In 2010, he was made the Deputy CM of Jharkhand and remained in that post till 2013 and assumed the CM’s chair on 13 July 2013. The JMM-LP leader had stitched together a motley coalition with the Congress, INLD and smaller parties to form a government in Jharkhand. Subsequently, the coalition broke and the President's rule came in force. In 2014, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) came to power and Raghubar Das was made the CM of the state.
During his stint as CM, Soren also held the portfolios of Planning & Development, Cabinet (Election and Vigilance), Home, Cabinet Co-ordination, Information and Public Relations, Administrative Reforms & Raj Bhasha, and Law.
For the Lok Sabha elections 2019, the former Jharkhand chief minister has secured seats only for his JMM in the state. Clearly, he might not have his way with the Mahagathbandhan (grand alliance) members Congress, JVM (Prajatantrik) and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD). However, Soren must have his eyes on the chief ministerial seat. If his party is to have any chance in the next state polls, the BJP's electoral juggernaut would need to be stopped. It would be interesting to watch the cards he plays to that effect.