1 Feb 2024

Champai Soren: Meet the Unassuming Leader Set to Take Charge in Jharkhand

With a distinctive style characterized by slipper-clad feet, loose shirt-pants, and a crown of white hair, Champai Soren embodies simplicity. Known for promptly addressing issues posted on social media, this unassuming figure is poised to become the new Chief Minister of Jharkhand, elected by the MLAs of the ruling alliance. 

A trusted member of the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha, Champai Soren has earned the confidence of both party chief Shibu Soren and his son Hemant Soren.

Champai, who hails from Jilinggoda village in the Seraikela-Kharsawan district, is a seasoned politician and a seven-time MLA representing the Seraikela seat in the Jharkhand Assembly. His roots lie in farming, following in the footsteps of his father Semal Soren, who passed away in 2020 at the age of 101.

Born on November 11, 1956, Champai is the third of six siblings. Despite receiving education only up to the 10th grade from a government school, he actively participated in the Jharkhand movement in the late '90s alongside Shibu Soren, earning the moniker 'Jharkhand Tiger.' 

Beginning his political journey as an independent MLA in a by-election for the Saraikela seat in 1991, Champai faced victories and defeats but maintained a winning streak since 2005.

Champai enjoys friends across all political parties

The revered politician also enjoys friends across all political parties, is fondly called "Kolhan Tiger" for his warrior-like skills which he manifested during the statehood movement.

He has also been a trade union leader, with several successful trade movements carried by him in the two adjoining industrial towns of Jamshedpur and Adityapur.

Not just a political figure, Champai Soren is a family man with a wife, four sons, and three daughters. His commitment to public service and his humble background have endeared him to the people, making him a prominent leader in Jharkhand's political landscape.

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