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JVM ups ante on graft

Ranchi, May 9: A JVM delegation will call on governor Syed Ahmed on May 13, seeking a high-level probe into alleged acts of omission and commission by the Hemant Soren government.

The party is also planning mass campaigns on the issue.

Addressing a news conference in Ranchi today, JVM’s principal general secretary Pradip Yadav alleged that the JMM-led coalition government was preparing to float tenders worth Rs 600 crore for construction of roads across the state, even though it did not have adequate money in the coffer to execute these projects. “This will only help the ruling parties to strike deals with contractors,” he alleged.

The senior JVM leader further said the state government had awarded mining leases for iron ore to three companies in the recent past, blatantly flouting the set norms.

“Tenders need to be examined by an Independent agency before awarding contract to anyone, but the government did not follow the due procedure in this regard,” he added.

Also, the government is preparing to hand over power distribution to private franchisees.

“The Principal Accountant General (Audit) has strongly objected to reported irregularities in franchisee agreements. We will request the governor to intervene,” the JVM’s principal general secretary said.

Asked about his party’s performance in the Lok Sabha elections, Yadav said the fate of the party candidates was sealed in EVMs and they were hoping for the best.

“We are a regional party. We will continue to fight for local issues. Still JVM candidates performed well in several constituencies in the Lok Sabha polls. However, the situation will not be the same during the coming Assembly elections,” he said.

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