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Upset Ramesh snubs Rajnath

New Delhi, Dec. 30: Union minister Jairam Ramesh today reacted sharply to BJP national president Rajnath Singh’s remark at yesterday’s rally in Ranchi that he was “super CM” of Jharkhand.

In a letter to the BJP chief, the rural development minister said he was “disturbed and appalled” by the allegations made by Singh.

“I read in newspapers that you have said there is a CM and a super CM in Jharkhand. It was obvious that the comment was directed at me. I am pained that you have made such false allegations, despite knowing me. I don’t interfere in the state’s affairs,” Ramesh wrote in his letter.

He added, “The BJP has been in power in the state for eight years, and its condition is for everyone to see.”

Ramesh claimed that Jharkhand would have a Lokayukta by February, along with other Congress-ruled states, as promised by party vice president Rahul Gandhi.

Also, he denied rumours that former chief minister Madhu Koda and his wife Geeta were joining the party.

Speaking to The Telegraph, Ramesh said the NDA government had made a blunder by forming only 81 Assembly constituencies in Jharkhand. “Now, former chief minister Arjun Munda is writing to me to take up the matter. His own party had created the problem,” he claimed.

In the past, the state Assembly passed a resolution twice to increase its strength to 150 and sent it to the central delimitation committee.

In his meeting with Union home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde on Sunday, Ramesh reminded him of the resolution passed unanimously by the Jharkhand Assembly and urged him to take it forward.

PM candidate

The Congress should project its prime ministerial candidate for the general elections, finance minister P. Chidambaram said today in New Delhi.

“In my view, the Congress should project a person as the leader of the party who will become the Prime Minister if the party forms the government. That is my view, but it is for the party to decide,” he said in an interview to a television channel.