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JVM’s plea for state polls

Bokaro, April 18: JVM chief Babulal Marandi, who was in Bokaro to campaign for the Lok Sabha elections, remained focused on the party’s own brand of politics that revolves around Jharkhand.

Terming his tenure as chief minister the best in Jharkhand, Marandi promised to bring about a paradigm shift in governance if his party was given a chance to run the state.

“Ask anyone when did the best roads, bridges and other development projects happen in the state and everyone would say it was soon after the formation of Jharkhand in 2000. The three years when I was the chief minister, the state saw the maximum growth rate,” the JVM chief told a crowd of around 1200 people at Sector IV grounds in Bokaro.

Rallying for JVM candidate Samresh Singh from Dhanbad, the former chief minister added that if a JVMled government came to power in Jharkhand after the next Assembly polls, he would start new welfare projects, boost industrial activities and generate employment opportunities within six months.

“Corruption and scams pushed the state backward. Every party plundered the state resources,” alleged Marandi, swatting at BJP’s Arjun Munda, JMM’s Shibu Soren and Hemant Soren, Ajsu’s Sudesh Mahto as well as Jai Barat Samanta Party leader Madhu Koda.

Munda led the BJP governments with support from the Ajsu and Independents and later, with the JMM, while Koda, backed by the Congress, ruled the state once. Now, JMM-Congress-RJD alliance is at the helm of affairs.

“From coal, sand, land, to transfer and posting, there has been scams involving everything. All prominent party leaders have been directly or indirectly involved in loot of the state,” claimed the first chief minister of Jharkhand.

Accusing Hemant of a sand scam, he alleged that the chief minister did not have a vision for development.