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No threat to govt, says CM

New Delhi, Dec. 19: Chief minister Arjun Munda today trashed speculations that the BJP-led government in Jharkhand was in danger and accused the Opposition of trying to create political “instability” in the tribal heartland.

Munda made the assertions soon after landing in New Delhi after a 10-day trip to the US.

“Some people are trying to spread rumours (that JMM is contemplating to withdraw support to the government in Jharkhand). The government is in a very comfortable situation. In some cases, statements of some leaders are being distorted,” said the chief minister during his brief halt in the state guest house in the national capital before leaving for Ranchi.

He blamed the Congress for trying to create an atmosphere of uncertainty in the state. “If they had numbers, why did not they come forward to stake claim to form the government when Jharkhand was still under President’s Rule? Why are they getting super-active now?” Munda, who had gone to the US for the treatment of his sons suffering from sickle cell anaemia, demanded to know.

Asked whether all was right between BJP and its regional ally in Jharkhand as some JMM leaders had been repeatedly saying that co-ordination committee meetings were very few and far between, Munda, without naming anybody, said the onus lay on the panel’s chairman (JMM chief Shibu Soren) to call and preside over such meetings.

“It is not the chief minister’s job to call these meetings. The chairman of the committee is responsible. I have been away for a few days but I don’t think there are any grudges among coalition leaders against the government. If there are some demands and grievances, we can always talk and sort them out. The issue is being unnecessarily hyped by the media,” Munda added.

On handing over power distribution to private players in Ranchi and Jamshedpur that caused widespread protests in the state last week, Munda said the move was taken after a thorough study of similar models in metropolitan cities and other states.

“The idea is to assign the task of managing power distribution in urban areas to private agencies so that we can concentrate on rural pockets. Currently, all our resources are mostly concentrated on urban places because of which rural areas remain neglected. We are hopeful that private companies will manage the services more efficiently,” the chief minister said.