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BJP angry, plans agitation

Ranchi, Jan 17: The Union Cabinet’s decision to keep the Assembly in suspended animation while clamping President’s Rule in Jharkhand is set to revive political activity in the state.

While the JMM and its allies will intensify efforts to form a government at the earliest, the BJP and Ajsu will keep up the ante in favour of fresh elections.

After staging a day-long dharna near Raj Bhavan, the BJP announced a “hulla-bol” campaign from tomorrow when partymen have threatened to provoke clashes with the police to gherao Raj Bhavan and then court arrest.

“The Arjun Munda cabinet had recommended that the Assembly be dissolved immediately so as to pave way for a fresh mandate. But, the Governor overstepped his jurisdiction. He proposed to the Centre that the President’s Rule be clamped and that the House be kept under suspended animation. This will only promote horse-trading,” argued state BJP president Dineshanand Goswami.

He alleged that through this move the Congress was trying to strengthen its position vis-ŕ-vis a possible deal with the JMM. “We will be exposing the nefarious designs of Congress and its so called secular allies in the people’ss court. The BJP has always emerged stronger whenever it was thrown out of power,” he added.

BJP senior leader and former deputy chief minister Raghubar Das was furious. He alleged the “governor has acted like an agent of the Congress.”

Ajsu president Sudesh Mahto, too, said that his party would now concentrate on preparing for the next Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha elections. “We will be holding a Lok Panchayat in Chaibasa on January 30, in Chatra on February 5, Dhanbad on February 10, Daltonganj on February 21 and Dumka on February 25 to clarify our position on the political scenario,” he added.

Congress spokesman Radha Krishna Kishore said imposing President’s Rule in Jharkhand was the only option before the Centre. “However, the possibilities of forming an alternative government in the coming days will be discussed at the party’s Jaipur conclave beginning tomorrow.”

State RJD president Girinath Singh opined that secular parties should now intensify efforts form an alternative government as central rule wasn’t a permanent solution.

JMM core committee secretary Vinod Pandey claimed his party would soon form a coalition government. “Since we have the largest representation in the Vidhan Sabha, we also have to shoulder bigger responsibilities. Our party is not scared of fresh elections either,” he added.

JMM’s central committee member Supriyo Bhattachrya said a new government would be in place soon.

The BJP also decided to expand its “hulla-bol” drive to all the district headquarters.