Bokaro, Sept. 22: Heaping praise on the “bold step” taken by Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee of withdrawing support to the UPA government over its “anti-people” policies, former chief minister and JVM chief Babulal Marandi today said his party will take a final decision on the issue by October 1.
“The JVM executive committee will meet on October 1, when it will be decided whether to support the Manmohan Singh government or not,” Marandi said in Bokaro today.
Criticising the Arjun Munda-led government, Marandi said this government was only working hard to stay in power by hook or by crook and was doing nothing for the development of Jharkhand or its people who were dealing with corrupt bureaucrats and no development projects in sight.
“Jharkhand has bad roads, no power, poor health services and no programme to generate employment. On the other hand it has very corrupt bureaucrats who are functioning in an autocratic manner with support from ministers. In this situation, how can you expect the state to develop?” he asked.
He added that people of the state were not content and would teach the ruling alliance a lesson in the next elections.
Yesterday, the JMM had said it would not withdraw support to the UPA government.
"We are not in the UPA, though we have extended issue based support to the Congress led government since 2009. We have only two MPs and no matter what decision we take it would hardly have any impact on the health of the Manmohan Singh government. We are against FDI in retail as it goes against national interests. But for the record, we do not intend to withdraw our support from the UPA," JMM spokesperson Supriyo Bhattacharya told The Telegraph.
However, Bhattacharya made it clear that in case a no confidence vote was proposed by the Opposition in the Lok Sabha, JMM MPs would vote against the UPA.
The two JMM MPs are party chief Shibu Soren and Kameshwar Baitha.