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Munda sings an ode to Soy

Jamshedpur, Dec. 4: Chief minister Arjun Munda feels it is too early to comment on the Jamshedpur by-elections.

Addressing a press conference today, Munda said he did not wish to comment on when he would quit the Jamshedpur seat to contest the by-elections from Kharsawan, or whether JMM would field a candidate from the constituency or not.

Instead, the chief minister sang paeans for Mangal Singh Soy, who quit as MLA from Kharsawan to pave way for Munda to contest from there. “Besides Soy, several other BJP MLAs had also offered to vacate their seats for me,” he added. On state Congress president Pradip Kumar Balmuchu’s statement that he should resign as Jamshedpur MP first and then contest the by-elections from Kharsawan, the chief minister said “Balmuchu Congress mein apni dukandaari chalene ke liye yeh keh rahe hain (Balmuchu is saying this to increase his stake in Congress).”

Munda also claimed there would be no further delay in organising the 34th National Games. “We held a meeting with the Games organising committee in Ranchi today and decided to hold the event from February 12 to 26. There would be no further changes in the schedule,” he said, adding the state government would try to ensure Team India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s presence during the 34th National Games.

“We will be happy with Dhoni’s presence during the event, but we also have to look at his cricket commitments. However, we will try to ensure his presence during the opening or closing ceremonies,” Munda said. He denied that the ongoing probe into Games-related scams would have a bearing on the conduct of the event.

The chief minister said a new system would evolve in Jharkhand after the five-phase panchayat elections. “The basic objectives of panchayat elections are sustainable growth and self-governance,” he said, adding his government was working to streamline the bottlenecks existing at the grassroot level.

He also said a big change has taken place in Bihar with the landslide victory of the BJP and JD (U) combine. “The people of Bihar have welcomed BJP and JD (U) with open arms. Caste-based politics is a thing of the past now,” he added.

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