Babulal Marandi in Ranchi on Monday. (Hardeep Singh)
Ranchi, Oct. 1: It’s final.
After the Trinamul Congress, the JVM has decided to withdraw support to the Manmohan Singh government at the Centre.
The decision was taken today by party president Babulal Marandi at a meeting, which was attended by MLAs, MPs, office-bearers and other important leaders.
JVM representatives will soon meet President Pranab Mukherjee and submit a letter, informing him of the decision to pull out from the UPA government.
The party has two representatives in the Lok Sabha.
“We had decided to support the Manmohan Singh government in 2009 in the name of secularism. But in the past two years, several multi-million scams came to the fore, starting from 2G spectrum to allotment of coal blocks,” said JVM principal general secretary Pradeep Yadav while speaking to the media after the meeting.
“The UPA government also failed to check soaring prices. The recent diesel price hike and the cap on subsidised LPG have wreaked havoc in the market, not to forget the decision to allow FDI in retail that will further ruin the economy. It is better for us to part ways with such a government that is steering the country towards economic slavery,” he added.
Yadav also hit out at the BJP-led government in the state, listing out the purported irregularities committed by it. He criticised the government’s decision to award a Rs 3,765-crore contract for construction of 113km roads to IL&FS without floating tenders. The JVM leader also alleged that the chief minister facilitated illegal transfer of 151 acres of government land to Abhijeet Group in Seraikela-Kharsawan district.
“We demand that the Centre make public the names of all important personalities who recommended allotment of coal blocks and such persons should quit their official positions immediately. The coal and iron-ore mines allotted during former chief minister Madhu Koda’s regime should be cancelled henceforth and all such companies be blacklisted,” Yadav said.
He added that it was ridiculous that on the one hand, BJP was opposing Congress’s move to allow FDI in retail sector while on the other hand, it was running the government in Jharkhand with JMM, which supports Congress at the Centre.