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Fear of polls hurting state, says Namdhari

Dhanbad, Jan. 3: Chatra MP Inder Singh Namdhari today said that the fear among Jharkhand legislators to contest elections was the reason behind years of political instability in the state.

“If everyone overcomes the fear of going into election more than years after the last contests and the electorate give a clear mandate to a single political party, the instability in Jharkhand for more than a decade could end,” the Independent MP told newsmen at Circuit House

He said that he always believed the ruling alliance of JMM, BJP and other parties was unnatural and bound to face complications.

Namdhari was in the city to attend a function to mark the death anniversary of former Dhanbad superintendent of police Randhir Verma, who was killed while fighting criminals during a attempted bank dacoity on January 3, 1991.

The MP further argued the silence of state ministers only corroborated recent allegations of corruption levelled against them by Union rural development minister Jairam Ramesh.

He lambasted the government, saying it had been neglecting development work and failing to monitor officials.

“The government is hesitating from convening meetings of state-level vigilance and monitoring committees. Only one meeting of a state-level monitoring panel, which has the rural development minister as its president, has been convened since its formation two years ago.”

The MP also accused the government of not replying to any of his queries about lack of development and corruption charges levelled by him as president of the district-level vigilance and monitoring committee in charge of Palamau, Chatra and Latehar.

On the question of identifying natives in Jharkhand based on land records of 1932, as demanded by the JMM, he said government should follow the examples of other states such as Uttarakhand and Chhattisgarh, adding there should not be a Lakshman rekha debarring anyone from enjoying residential status.

Asked whether a non-tribal should be made the chief minister of Jharkhand, Namdhari said, “Nowhere in the Constitution is it mentioned that a non-tribal cannot be the chief minister of Jharkhand. Let a political party get clear mandate first and then the leaders will decide on the chief ministerial candidate.”

On the increase in incidents of crime against women, Namdhari opined that apart from enforcing stringent laws, police should ensure thorough and foolproof investigation without harassing the victims.

He also echoed Union minister of state for human resource development Shashi Tharoor who has said that the identity of the Delhi gang rape victim last month should be made public with consent from her family. Namdhari added that the victim’s identity should be disclosed if a bill to curb crime against women is passed in her name.


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