Dumka, Oct. 3: State animal husbandry minister and Congress leader Mannan Mallick today said he was not quite optimistic about the performance of the JMM-led coalition government.
Mallick, who is the party in-charge of Santhal Pargana, was in Dumka to attend a divisional-level party programme.
The leader, who is believed to be angry with chief minister Hemant Soren and the Congress high command for allotting him a “not-so-happening” portfolio, said coalition politics was detrimental to the state’s growth.
“In my view, coalition politics hinders development because decisions are often taken to satisfy the partners, and not considering the larger interests of the society,” said Mannan, apparently ignoring Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s recent diktat.
Recently, during a meeting with the state Congress leadership in Delhi, the Gandhi scion advised the leaders to refrain from making public statements and indulging in mudslinging.
Addressing party office-bearers, the minister also said that he was against any kind of alliance with the JMM.