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Kalpana Soren, Hemant Soren's wife, to contest bypoll from Jharkhand's Gandey Assembly seat

The Gandey seat in Giridih district fell vacant after the resignation of JMM MLA Sarfaraz Ahmad who was elected unopposed to the Rajya Sabha on March 14.

Edited By: Arushi Jaiswal @JaiswalArushi Ranchi Updated on: April 25, 2024 17:59 IST
Kalpana Soren, Gandey Assembly by-poll
Image Source : X Former Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren and his wife Kalpana Soren

Gandey Assembly by-poll: Kalpana Soren, wife of jailed former Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren, will contest the bypoll from the Gandey assembly seat, the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) party announced on Thursday. The BJP has fielded Dilip Kumar Verma for the by-election in the Gandey assembly constituency in Jharkhand.

Who is Hemant's wife Kalpana Soren?

Kalpana, a homemaker possessing both MTech and MBA qualifications, pursued her school education in Baripada, located in Odisha's Mayurbhanj district. She obtained engineering and MBA degrees from distinct institutions situated in Bhubaneswar.

Kalpana Soren embarked on her political journey during the 51st foundation day celebration of the JMM in Giridih district on March 4. At the event, she asserted that a conspiracy had been by opponents ever since the Hemant Soren-led coalition government came to power in 2019 and that Jharkhand will give a befitting reply to forces who put her husband behind the bars.

She is originally from Mayurbhanj district in Odisha. Kalpana got married to Hemant Soren on February 7, 2006. Kalpana and Hemant have two children named Nikhil and Ansh.

Kalpana's father is a businessman, and her mother is a homemaker. Kalpana is also involved in business and charity work. Kalpana also runs a school and is involved in organic farming. 

Her husband, Hemant Soren, was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate on January 31 in connection with a money laundering case related to an alleged land scam.

Gandey Assembly bypolls

The by-election for the Gandey constituency is scheduled for May 20, coinciding with the parliamentary elections in the state. The seat, located in Giridih district, became vacant following the resignation of JMM MLA Sarfaraz Ahmad.

The ruling alliance, led by JMM, has 47 MLAs in the 81-member assembly. The BJP has 26 MLAs and the AJSU Party has three. Additionally, the NCP and CPI (ML) have one lawmaker each, alongside two Independents and a nominated member. Within the ruling alliance, the JMM has 29 MLAs, the Congress has 17, and the RJD has one legislator.

Also Read: Hemant Soren case: ED uses fridge, smart TV invoices as evidence against JMM leader in land scam

Also Read: JMM to decide on candidature of Hemant Soren's wife for Gandey bypoll in a week: Jharkhand CM

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