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Yashwant slams JVM, Ajsu

Hazaribagh, May 17: Former external affairs minister and senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha today said the NaMo tsunami had cut regional parties down to size and brought about an end to the era of coalition governments.

The proud father of new Hazaribagh MP Jayant Sinha further said the decisive mandate given by the people had shown JVM chief Babulal Marandi and Ajsu Party supremo Sudesh Mahto “their right place”, while hinting at the BJP’s plan to go it alone to the coming Assembly elections in Jharkhand.

Interacting with mediapersons at Atal Bhavan this morning, Sinha Senior said a few BJP leaders were in favour of joining hands with Marandi, while some were keen to take Marandi back in the party. But Singh claimed to have objected to this idea.

Also, Sinha added, the BJP was in favour of an alliance with the Ajsu and was ready to leave two seats for the regional outfit. But Mahto stuck to its demand for Hazaribagh, scuttling all alliance talks.

“And see what has happened. Arrogant Marandi and Mahto have understood their worth now,” he said.

The veteran leader also slammed a faction of the BJP that, with the connivance of rival camps and corporate houses, worked against the party candidate in Hazaribagh. “I know who they all are and will raise the issue at the party forum at the appropriate moment,” Sinha said.

On the victory of Jayant who trounced Congress’s Saurabh Narain by around 1.59 lakh votes, Sinha said he was satisfied with the verdict, especially the BJP’s performance in Barkagaon Assembly segment — the hometown of Ajsu candidate Loknath Mahto. He added that the BJP also did well in the other four Assembly segments, which confirmed that the people were happy with his work. “Other than Modi wave, people voted Jayant also for his personality and qualification,” Sinha added.

The former Union minister said the new government would face a lot of challenges owing to inefficiency of the just ended UPA tenure.

“We need good policies and hard labour to change the present scenario. We need to work on infrastructure to pave the way for growth and modernise the army to protect the nation,” he claimed.

The senior BJP leader criticised Hazaribagh deputy commissioner-cum-election officer Sunil Kumar for preventing him from going to the Bazaar Samiti premises where EVMs were kept.

“Jayant’s wife Punita was forced to sit in a roadside tent yesterday. He was behaving as if we were anti-social elements and would create trouble if given entry into the counting centre,” he added.