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Be ready for polls, Marandi tells partymen

Dhanbad/Bokaro, Dec. 19: Babulal Marandi today asked JVM supporters in Dhanbad to prepare for likely elections in the New Year, a day after he termed the Congress and BJP as “ageing parties” which were losing ground to regional outfits.

The JVM chief, addressing a party workers’ meeting at Zilla Parishad grounds in Dhanbad, claimed that “a government formed on the basis of a murky deal cannot sustain long and will fall on its own”.

Addressing around 5,000 workers this evening, he added, “We have so far completed party workers’ meeting in 51 Assembly constituencies of Jharkhand. We are sure that the government will fall before our party workers meetings are held at all the 81 Assembly constituencies.”

“Law and order is deplorable in the state and nobody is safe, as incidents of rape, murder and dacoity are rising,” charged Marandi, adding that the MoU signed by the government with franchisees for distribution of power in Ranchi and Jamshedpur also smacked of corruption.

“I never thought that the BJP will stoop to such a level for power that it is opposing the Congress on FDI and supporting JMM, which is backing Congress on FDI, at the same time,” the former chief minister said, adding that people would not be fooled anymore.

The meeting was also attended by JVM legislators Phulchand Mandal (Sindri), Dhullu Mahto (Baghmara), Samresh Singh (Bokaro) and its legislature party leader Pradeep Yadav.

Marandi, who was in Bokaro yesterday, told The Telegraph that regional parties would soon rule Jharkhand.

“Look at Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Punjab, Jammu and Kashmir, Odisha, Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and several other states that are being ruled by regional parties. It is time for Jharkhand now, where regional parties enjoy more power and are pushing national parties to the background,” he said yesterday evening.

He pointed out that principal allies of the BJP government Ajsu and JMM had already declared that they would contest all the seats in the next elections. They were in the coalition to fulfil selfish interests, he added.

Marandi added that deputy chief minister Hemant Soren had also made public statements about bribery in transfer postings in the state.

“What welfare can one now expect from this government? Hemant Soren must come out with details and tell the people what is forcing his party (JMM) to remain in the coalition,” said Marandi, advocating fresh Assembly polls.

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