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Stormy winter for ruling alliance

Ranchi, Dec. 9: The JMM-Congress government must brace for a tough time this winter.

Enthused by the Congress’s debacle in the Assembly elections in four states, the JVM is sharpening its arrows to floor the ruling coalition in the House when the winter session begins on December 13.

Babulal Marandi’s party is all set to lob some tricky questions at the treasury bench and seek specific replies on issued concerning the common people.

The JVM legislature party will hold a meeting on December 12 to finalise its strategy for the face-off in the House.

“The state spent barely Rs 1,900 crore between April 1 and June 30 when Jharkhand was under the President’s Rule. Another Rs 1,900 crore was used till November 30 by the Hemant government. In a nutshell, barely 22 per cent of the total budgetary allocation under the plan head has been utilised so far,” said JVM legislature party leader Pradip Yadav at a news conference today.

Also, the party will oppose any move of the government to table the second supplementary budget at a time when the state has miserably failed to utilise allocations available under the main budget.

A local residents’ policy will also be high on the party’s priority list.

Further, JVP legislators will raise the controversial arms missing case, involving drinking water and sanitation minister Jai Prakash Bhai Patel, to push the JMM into a corner.

The government will be asked to explain what action has been taken against the JMM MLA from Mandu.