Sukhdeo, also the Jharkhand PCC president, took oath in the House on the penultimate day of the Winter Session, taking Congress' strength in the 82-member Assembly to seven.

He won the Lohardaga (ST) by-poll on December 14 after the seat fell vacant following disqualification of Ajsu leader Kamal Kishore Bhagat.

Kamal was convicted and sent to jail for five years in connection with a 1993 criminal case.

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