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Munda shows he cares

He came. He spoke. He conquered. Again.

On his maiden visit to his hometown ever since the coalition government disunited on January 7, Jharkhand’s caretaker chief minister Arjun Munda received a rousing welcome from supporters in the steel city on Wednesday.

As his motorcade — an impressive fleet of 21 cars — meandered through the streets of Bistupur, BJP workers welcomed him with flowers, drumbeats and crackers. State BJP president Dineshanand Goswami and party spokesperson Amarpreet Singh Kale escorted him to The Milanee auditorium, where a party meeting was held from 12.15pm.

Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of his party engagement, Munda categorically said that he did not accept JMM’s power-sharing claims because the ally had lost “credibility”. “It was not merely a question of swapping power. There was complete lack of trust. We cannot give the reigns of the state to those we have no faith in,” he was candid.

Defending his recommendation to dissolve the Assembly in favour of fresh elections, Munda questioned the time-buying tactics of some political parties that wish to form an alternative government. “There should not be any further delay in dissolving the House. People should get a chance to elect a new government,” he said, adding that a delay would only lead to unfair practices like horse-trading.

Addressing the BJP meeting, Munda exhorted party members to be ready for fresh polls. He said Jharkhand was being used as a “weapon” by those who wanted to keep the state “unstable” with an eye on the 2014 general elections.

The caretaker head also dwelled in length about projects that he had initiated. “We were working on many fronts and development was visible. The forces responsible for formation of a government led by Independents in 2006 are again conspiring for a similar situation,” he said.

He pointed out that President’s Rule was no solution in a democracy. “Let people decide. Whatever the outcome, we will accept,” he signed off.