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Parties ride train for poll gain

Hazaribagh, Dec. 26: The first diesel engine that chugged into Kud station, Hazaribagh, on last Sunday (December 22) has triggered a nasty fight among political parties, which are trying to sell the “historic moment” to voters to earn some brownie points ahead of the general polls.

While the BJP has been staking a claim to the Ranchi-Hazaribagh-Koderma project from the very beginning, now the Congress and JVM too have jumped into the fray to win over the local people, who have been waiting for over six decades for a place in the Indian Railways’ map.

Today, the JVM brought out a bullock cart rally to mock BJP MP Yashwant Sinha, who as the finance minister had brought in then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajypayee to laid the foundation stone for the project in 1999 and thereby took away maximum mileage from this project.

Riding on three bullock carts, JVM workers led by party’s state secretary Sachidanand Pandey travelled across the town to counter Sinha’s claim.

The Congress, on the other hand, has put up hoardings across the town, saying that the project was the UPA government’s gift to the people of Hazaribagh.

The JVM also took a dig at the Congress. “This project has been going on since 1999. Suddenly, the trial run was organised to take some advantage in the coming elections,” Pandey said in a veiled attack on the central government.

Yashwant’s spokesperson Anil Sinha said, “Babulal and other leaders are trying to mislead the people. But everyone knows that Sinha is the man behind this project.”