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Ekka sure of party support

Ranchi, June 3: Former rural development minister Anosh Ekka is facing multiple attacks on both political and personal fronts.

While the vigilance bureau is trying to secure an arrest warrant against him for allegedly amassing wealth disproportionate to his known sources of income, a section of Jharkhand Party workers have demanded his resignation from the post of the party president. Ekka’s friends, too, have distanced themselves from him.

But, the leader, in his own words, is determined to approach the people’s court for justice and will let the public decide in the next Assembly polls.

“The bureau’s move appears to be politically motivated and vindictive. I had furnished all documents on time contrary to what they (sleuths) are saying,” said the former minister, during an exclusive interview with The Telegraph.

The leader is now maintaining a low profile, confining himself to his Simdega home, “little interested in political shindig”. But Ekka, in his words, is also “determined” to give a befitting reply to the rumours.

“We will be fielding our candidates from all seats. I know that most parties are spreading rumours. However, I will let the people decide as they are the final authority in a democratic set up,” Ekka said.

Jharkhand Party executive president Amulya Khalkho has demanded that Ekka should quit as the party president in the larger interest of the party. He has argued that Ekka’s image is now the biggest block before Jharkhand Party and that the party will be ruined if Ekka does not distance himself from the party.

Undeterred, Ekka is claiming that his party members are behind him. “That was Khalkho’s personal opinion, which was rejected outright by party members. After I saved the party, many people are eager to grab our support base through different means,” said Ekka.

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