Hemant Soren, the Chief Minister of Jharkhand and leader of the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM), was arrested on Wednesday night following over seven hours of interrogation by the Enforcement Directorate regarding purported land ownership.
The agency had also seized Rs 36 lakh in cash and a luxury SUV from his Delhi residence a day earlier.
In a couplet posted on social media following the arrest, Soren wrote that “life is a battle” and he “will fight every moment but not beg for compromise”.
He wrote that the “heartache of our people will not be in vain”, and he will “not accept defeat”. “Jai Jharkhand,” he concluded.
Hours before his arrest, Soren submitted his resignation to Governor C P Radhakrishnan at Raj Bhavan.
“CM Hemant Soren has decided to resign. Champai Soren has been chosen as the new leader of the Legislative party… All the MLAs are with us,” Jharkhand Congress president Rajesh Thakur said. The JMM and Congress are allies in the state.
The ruling coalition of JMM, Congress and RJD has 29, 17 and one MLA respectively. In the opposition, the BJP has 26 and the AJSU three. The CPI(M-L) and NCP (AP) have one MLA each while there are two independents.