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CM turnaround on blood barb

Jamshedpur, March 26: Chief minister Hemant Soren today did a volte-face on his yesterday’s bad blood remark hinted at JMM turncoats like Bidyut Baran Mahto, Hemlal Murmu and Kameshwar Baitha, saying he was merely speaking about blood donation.

“I had intended to say that one should not be afraid of donating blood as it infuses fresh blood in the body. Encouraging blood donation is not a new thing for me,” said a defensive Hemant at a news conference, going on to describe how as a chief minister, he had always encouraged blood donation.

The chief minister stressed that he did not believe in mudslinging. “I keep everyone’s respect in mind. I think my comment has been misunderstood.”

While accompanying party candidate Niroop Mahanty for filing nomination for the Jamshedpur Lok Sabha seat yesterday, Hemant had said: “Ganda khoon tha jo nikal gaya. Ab naye khoon ka sanchar hoga. Kabhi raktdan kiya hain. Kabhi kabhi gande khoon ko nikalna padta hain (It was bad blood that has gone out. Now, fresh blood will be generated in the body. Have you ever donated blood? Sometime bad blood needs to be taken out).”

Batting for Jagannath Mahto, who has been named in an FIR in the kangaroo court murder of Bokaro youth Santosh Pandey, Hemant said that the JMM Dumri MLA and Giridih MP hopeful was a victim of political conspiracy.

“His opponents have implicated him. A fair inquiry should be conducted in the case. Law will take its course,” the chief minister added.