The swearing-in function held here at Morahabadi Maidan was attended by BJP leaders including Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh, his Uttarakhand counterpart Ramesh Pokhriyal, Bihars deputy CM Sushil Modi, former Union minister Yashwant Sinha.
But BJP chairman LK Advani, president Nitin Gadkari and JD(U) president Sharad Yadav whom Soren, Das and Mahato had met in Mumbai and New Delhi on Monday and invited for the occasion, were conspicuous by their absence.
The vast maidan spread over 50 acres of land with a capacity to accommodate one lakh people and more than 2,500 chairs meant for VIP guests, remained largely empty as the governor administered oath to the chief minister and his deputies.
For Soren, this was the third time he was taking oath as the chief minister of the state. Das and Mahato were Cabinet ministers in the NDA government led by Arjun Munda in 2005.
After the swearing-in, Soren, Das and Mahato held their first Cabinet meeting at the state secretariat. Among the major decisions taken: there will be a four-day session of the Assembly beginning January 4 when the newly elected MLAs will take oath. Two, the pro-tem Speaker will be Tek Lal Mahato of the JMM.
Three, the floor test will take place on January 7. Four, a survey of the BPL families in the state will be carried out to distribute ration cards. Five, every department will prepare a 100-day agenda.
Soren said the new coalition governments top priority would be all round development of the state and jobs for its youth. Asked about the 70-odd investment proposals worth Rs 3.5 lakh crore, including Mittal Steel and Tata Steel, hanging fire due to the failure of the state government to provide them the land, Soren said, The government with the help of industry will make efforts to resolve the problem.
On Naxalite violence he said, We have to initiate a dialogue with them to bring them into the mainstream.