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Marandi favours fresh polls

Jamshedpur, Dec. 16: Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (JVM) president Babulal Marandi today said that if the ruling combine splits, his party would vouch for a fresh mandate rather than another coalition government.

Addressing newsmen on the sidelines of a JVM workers’ meeting at Guria Maidan in Birsanagar, Marandi said: “We would like the people of Jharkhand to get a chance to decide the fate of the future government. We have had unstable (coalition) governments for long enough, it is high time for a fresh mandate.”

He refused comment on whether any party had approached the JVM to form an alternative government but said the people should now vote a single party to power.

The former chief minister opined, “National parties, including the Congress and BJP, have failed to fulfil the aspirations of the people. This is why people are looking up to regional parties.”

Later, addressing over 5,000 party workers, Marandi said the state government had so far failed to take any step to curb corruption or bring welfare projects on track.

“People are not very hopeful about the present government. I take this opportunity to ask our party workers to get ready for Assembly polls, which can take place anytime now,” he said, urging the workers to strengthen the party organisation both in urban and rural areas.

Marandi also claimed that the JVM would contest all the seats in the next elections and form the government, ruling out tie-ups with any party in view of past failure.

Jamshedpur MP Ajoy Kumar, JVM’s central secretary Abhay Singh, Ichagarh MLA Arvind Singh and senior leaders such as Pradeep Yadav and Dinesh Sarangi also addressed the workers’ meeting.