Dhanbad, April 9: JVM chief Babulal Marandi today launched a blistering attack on the Congress and the BJP, holding both the national parties responsible for lack of development in Jharkhand and the country as well.
The former chief minister had come to Dhanbad to address a public meeting attended by around 2,000 people at Bhowra football grounds, about 18km from the district headquarters.
He was accompanied by Bokaro MLA and party candidate from Dhanbad Lok Sabha constituency Samresh Singh and Saba Ahmad, the nominee from Giridih.
“BJP and Congress are two sides of the same coin. These two national parties make tall claims, but never actually implement them. Their leaders, while sitting in Delhi, pull strings in Jharkhand, making and breaking governments for their personal gains,” thundered Marandi, who arrived in a helicopter around 1.45pm.
He spoke at the rally till 2.20pm, lambasting the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi, for the Gujarat riots and the Congress government at the Centre for failing to provide security to Sikhs in the 1984 riots.
“As the chief minister of Gujarat, he could not save his people during communal riots. Who will believe his tall claims of providing security to people of the nation now?” he asked, while alluding to Modi.
Accusing the Congress government at the Centre of not providing security to people during the anti-Sikh riots in the wake of then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s assassination in 1984, he claimed that only JVM can provide peace and amity in Jharkhand.
“Both Congress and BJP are guilty of corruption and are to be blamed for the coalgate scam,” he added.
Marandi further claimed that the state had not achieved any development in the past 13 years of its existence and held the successive chief ministers of Jharkhand responsible for lack of development.
Going back to his days as the chief minister of Jharkhand, he said: “When I was the chief minister of the state, only three to four districts had presence of rebels. But now, due to mishandling of the situation, almost all 24 districts of the state are in grip of Naxalites,” Marandi said.