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Mahto optimistic of Games in February

Jamshedpur, Nov. 26: Deputy chief minister Sudesh Mahto today reiterated that Jharkhand would host the National Games in February 2011.

Mahto, who was in the steel city to attend a party function, told newsmen that the state government’s most important agenda after the panchayat polls would be the Games.

“A delegation from the state will soon meet officials of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) in New Delhi to finalise the dates for the Games,” said Mahto, who is also the minister of sports and youth affairs.

He added senior functionaries of IOA were in China for the Asian Games and the final schedule for the Games would be chalked out as soon as they return.

While referring to a query, Mahto said, “We have already declared that after panchayat elections, our next agenda will be to host the National Games.”

Referring to a query on the Subernarekha Multipurpose Project, Mahto said the state government had raised a demand with the Centre to declare it a national project. “Once it is done, the work will be executed at a much faster pace,” the deputy chief minister said.

Earlier in the day, Mahto was accorded a warm welcome by supporters at Pardih on NH-33, from where he headed to Michael John Auditorium to attend the function.

Several local disgruntled Congress leaders, including Nand Kishore Agarwal and Nandu Patel, joined Ajsu along with their supporters in presence of Mahto. Later, addressing partymen, Mahto stressed on the need to strengthen the party at the grassroot level. He also appealed to party leaders to focus on membership drive both in the rural and urban areas.

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