New Delhi, Oct. 13: Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (JVM) chief Babulal Marandi, who has withdrawn support from the UPA government at the Centre, today launched a scathing attack on the Arjun Munda-led government saying its one-point agenda was to exploit the state’s natural resources to fill the pockets of corrupt ministers and officials.
Marandi, who was in the national capital today to meet President Pranab Mukherjee, submitted an official letter to him saying his party MPs _ two in the Lok Sabha_ no longer supported the Congress-led coalition government at the Centre.
The JVM chief also said he was peeved at how the common man was being treated by the Centre.
“We are shocked and extremely disappointed by some of the Centre’s decisions, like FDI in multi-brand retail, cap on subsidised LPG cylinders and the steep hike in diesel prices. On top of it, one scam after another has been exposed, revealing how corrupt the government is. We do not want any association with such a coalition. Both BJP and Congress are equally anti-people,” Marandi said.
In Jharkhand, he said, the BJP-led coalition government was busy looting the state’s rich mineral resources even as people’s condition was going from bad to worse.
“Nothing is happening for the development of the state and public money is being siphoned off to fill the coffers of the corrupt who are sitting at the helm of affairs.”
Talking about his growing proximity with Trinamul Congress (TMC), the first chief minister of Jharkhand said they would work together in and outside Parliament against the UPA government’s “anti-people” policies.
“I respect Mamata Banerjee for taking a stand on behalf of the people of the country.,” said Marandi.
Marandi also said that his party would remain “equidistant” from the BJP and Congress and will fight in all 81 Assembly seats and 14 Lok Sabha seats alone during the next elections.
“Ours is the only party in the state which is concerned about the plight of the general masses. And we will not enter any alliance that comes in the way of our aim of making Jharkhand a better developed and governed state,” he said.
Later, Marandi led a group of senior party members to Rashtrapati Bhavan and submitted his letter to Mukherjee outlining the reasons why his party had chosen to withdraw support from the Union government.