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Tuesday , February 5 , 2013
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BJP slams Cong ploy

Dhanbad, Feb. 4: The BJP has alleged that the Congress was using President’s Rule to govern Jharkhand through the “back door”, suggesting that the only alternative to rid the state of the present political uncertainty was fresh elections.

National spokesperson for the party Shahnawaz Hussain, who is in Dhanbad on a personal visit, said there was no possibility of mending fences with the JMM.

“We forged an alliance with the JMM to form a government and avoid fresh elections. But, the JMM took credit for all the good development work that took place in Jharkhand and blamed us for all the bad things,” he said.

Hussain claimed the BJP was confident of getting a full majority in the next Assembly elections so that it was able to form a government.

The BJP leader took on the Congress-led UPA governmnt at the Centre and alleged the party named Rahul Gandhi as party vice president to divert attention of the people from the core issues of price rise, corruption and rising crime.

“There is nothing new in declaring Rahul Gandhi as vice president as we in the Opposition always treated him as the No. 2 man in the Congress party,” Hussain said.

On Union home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde’s statement on “Hindu terrorism”, the BJP leader said an attempt was being made to divide the nation in then name of religion.

Asked about the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate for the general elections, Hussain said that would be decided by the party’s parliamentary board and not by any individual.

The Congress, he added, should declare its prime ministerial candidate first.

“The president of our party, Rajnath Singh, has instructed party leaders to refrain from making unnecessary statements on the prime ministerial candidate as that would be decided by after a board meeting,” he clarified.

On reports of tension with JD(U) on the question of Narendra Modi being projected as prime ministerial material, Hussain claimed relations between the two parties were cordial and would remain so.