BJP supporters celebrate Arjun Munda’s upcoming third innings as chief minister at the party office in Sakchi on Thursday. Picture by Bhola Prasad
Jamshedpur, Sept. 9: It’s destination Ranchi for district BJP workers, who are planning to leave for the capital in large numbers to attend the swearing-in of Arjun Munda as the eighth chief minister of the state. Munda takes oath on Saturday.
Party sources revealed that as many as 20 vehicles have been booked to ferry party workers to the state capital tomorrow.
“The party workers will leave in groups over the next two days. Over 500 partymen from Jamshedpur would be present in Ranchi on the day of oath taking,” said Anil Modi, district BJP spokesperson.
BJP workers from Kharsawan, Munda’s native place, are also preparing to head for Ranchi. “Over 200 party workers from Kharsawan will assemble in the capital on the day of the swearing-in,” confirmed Mangal Singh Soy, the BJP legislator from Kharsawan, which has been in celebration mode ever since the decks were cleared for Munda to become the next chief minister of the state. People burst firecrackers and distributed sweets to express their joy.
In the steel city, party workers began celebrating soon after the Union cabinet approved the governor’s proposal of government formation. A section of BJP cadres assembled at the party office near Basant Talkies in Sakchi and distributed sweets.
“We knew that Mundaji would again get a chance to lead the state. We are happy that the local MP will become the chief minister now,” said a passerby who joined the impromptu celebration of party workers on the road.
BJP offices throughout the city were abuzz with activity as members got down to serious celebrations. “Mundaji has a vision and he can only take the state to progress,” said Amarpreet Singh, a senior party member.
Late in the evening, Munda arrived in Jamshedpur with his wife to seek his mother’s blessings.
Before heading for his Ghorabandha residence where the extended family awaited, Munda called on state BJP vice-president Dineshanand Goswami who is admitted in Tata Main Hospital.
Later, speaking to reporters at his home, the Jamshedpur MP said his priorities would include a corruption-free and transparent government. Water, electricity, roads, health and law and order would be the other areas of focus.
He said making local civic bodies more effective would be another of his tasks.
Commenting on price rise, he said once the state government was in place, a decision would be taken on how to control it.