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Cong takes a swipe at Koda

Jamshedpur, July 9: The Congress is deliberating to withdraw support from the Madhu Koda-led state government if other constituents of the ruling coalition agree to pull out.

Senior Congress leader and Jharkhand Congress in charge Abdul Mannan said this at Circuit House today. He said Congress is an old party and it always prefers to follow a set pattern. The party is against doing something undemocratic.

Jharkhand Congress president Pradeep Kumar Balmuchu, meanwhile, came down heavily on the Koda government in the Congress’s workers’ meeting at Tilak Pustakalay in Bistupur.

“At the time of extending support to the UPA government, it was decided that a common minimum programme would be framed, but the Koda government did not pay heed to the agreement later,” said the Congress president.

He said corruption was prevalent in the state since BJP-led NDA government of Babulal Marandi was in power. “But when the UPA came to power we thought that we will tide over corruption. We, therefore, stressed following the common minimum programme, but our opinion and decision evoked no response from Koda,” said Balmuchu.

Mannan said that they were preparing for panchayat elections right now and not for the Assembly polls.

On how Congress embraced its arch rival in Uttar Pradesh Samajwadi Party as a partner at the Centre, Mannan said: “In politics there is no foe.”

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