Babulal Marandi at Circuit House in Bokaro on Sunday. Picture by Pankaj Singh
Bokaro, Oct. 28: JVM supremo Babulal Marandi today tore into Jharkhand’s first family, the Sorens, for “exploiting” the state’s natural resources.
Marandi demanded an FIR against JMM patriarch Shibu Soren for his alleged involvement in the coal scam and a probe into his youngest son, Basant Soren’s alleged link with a Mumbai-based firm, which is eyeing Jharkhand’s riverbanks to tap sand.
The JVM chief, who was in Bokaro for the party’s tribal rally today, said this was not the first time when the name of Sorens got tangled in a scam.
“If an independent and impartial probe is conducted against the family members, a number of them will go to jail on corruption charges,” the former chief minister claimed.
He added Shibu Soren’s name had been in the news ever since the coalgate scam came to light. “The allegations (against Soren) should be probed,” he demanded.
Training his guns on Basant, the JVM supremo said chief minister Hemant Soren’s brother was associated with a Mumbai-based company whi-ch was trying to acquire sand beds in 18 districts in the state.
Recently, during an auction in Simdega, angry villagers chased away the firm’s representatives who had come to bid for 21 ghats there.
“The local people should be given priority in auction of riverbeds. Instead, the state is going for open bidding, allowing outsiders to take part in the process,” said Marandi, adding that several businessmen and politicians were minting money, while the poor were left in the lurch.
On the serial bomb blasts in Patna yesterday, Marandi said, “It (the blasts) was not a political conspiracy, but a law and order failure on the part of the local administration. The authorities must ensure foolproof arrangements for political rallies and meetings to avert such incidents in the future.”
However, he didn’t miss the chance to attack the BJP. “The truth is that the BJP is a party of the upper class, and has no connection whatsoever with the poor and there aspirations,” he added.