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Yashwant not keen on CM’s chair

Hazaribagh, June 19: Senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha today walked out of Hazaribagh central jail with claims that he was not interested in becoming Jharkhand’s chief minister even as he urged people to oust the “Baap-beta ka sarkar” from the state.

Coming out of Loknayak Jai Prakash Narayan Central Jail around 1pm, the former external affairs minister went straight to Besh Resham, a village located around 18km from the district headquarters that had sparked the June 2 power protest by the BJP, leading to Sinha’s arrest.

The former MP, who received bail from a local court yesterday along with 62 party workers in a case concerning the assault of a power board official during the agitation, inaugurated a new supply line at the village and dedicated it to the residents. Around 1,000 people have been living in Besh Resham without electricity all these years.

“If work is done only after agitation, then it’s better to walk on the protest path every time,” Sinha said while addressing the villagers.

The work on laying the supply line in the village had begun around three years ago.

However, the villagers were not getting electricity as 20 per cent of the job was pending. The power department swung into action when Sinha and other BJP workers were forwarded to jail on June 3 and completed the remaining 20 cent work within a fortnight.

Sinha also used the platform to launch a counter- attack on his rivals, who criticised him for using the issue of power cuts to gain mileage in state politics.

Mere liye chief minister ka pad bahut chota hai… mere is andolan ko mere CM banne ke sapne se na jode (The chief minister’s post is too small for me… don’t link my agitation with my ambition to become the chief minister),” he said.

Sinha added that he was not interested in becoming the chief minister or governor of any state. “I had launched this agitation after seeing the people’s plight. Votes of Besh Resham villagers alone cannot put me on the CM’s seat,” the veteran leader argued.

Taking a dig at the Hemant Soren government, the BJP leader said the people had recently ousted “Ma-beta ki sarkar” (read Sonia-Rahul) from the Centre and now time had come to bid farewell to “Baap-beta (Shibu- Hemant) ka sarkar” in Jharkhand.

He added the state BJP would hold an important meeting in Ranchi on June 21 to intensify the movement against the failures of the current government. He would move to other districts to lead the agitation.