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- Munda slams local parties

Ranchi, July 22: Arjun Munda is seriously advocating a go-it-alone policy for the BJP in the forthcoming Assembly elections, urging partymen to spread the word about the ineffectiveness of “power hungry” regional parties which, he believes, having done more harm than good to Jharkhand.

At informal meetings with a number of party workers from various parts of the state and the party’s women’s wing today, the former chief minister harped on the limitations of regional parties and asked partymen to go to the people with that specific message.

His argument: while regional parties lacked vision, the Congress was a spent force. The BJP was the only party that could work for the positive growth of the state.

“Several MLAs from different parties were ready to support us, after the JMM withdrew support to my government in January last year. But, I turned them away, fearing that they would start dictating terms and conditions thereafter,” Munda said.

“We also didn’t pose hurdles when the Hemant Soren government was being formed in July last year. But, what did the state gain ultimately? Poor people still prefer approaching us for small things rather than go to the government,” he told party workers at his Ranchi residence.

Munda advised BJP workers to concentrate on ground work rather than vie with each other for party tickets to contest the Assembly polls. “Hard work always yields positive outcomes. Contesting Assembly elections is not your ultimate goal. It is practically difficult to take up largescale public campaigns during the rainy season. So you need to approach common people in person,” he said.

The former chief minister said past experience suggested that after winning elections, regional parties concentrated more on hanging on to power by hook or by crook. Safeguarding the state’s interests became their second priority. Further, as people had lost faith in the Congress, the BJP assumed a larger to role in Jharkhand politics.

“As leader of the Opposition, I have been regularly passing on suggestions to the state government and also raising key issues with the Centre. While in power, I often took along the leader the Opposition at National Development Council meetings and other such forums. But, the state government is not willing to listen to anything,” he told The Telegraph.

For the positive growth of a federal economy, a good rapport between the state and the Centre was necessary. “Now that a BJP government is at ruling the Centre, Jharkhand also needs a BJP government for positive socio-economic growth,” he added.