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Thursday , January 12 , 2017

Das govt has failed: Ajsu

Ranchi, Jan. 11: The BJP's ally Ajsu Party today published a scathing report card of the two-year Raghubar Das government, suggesting the honeymoon, if it ever was that, has come to a stormy end and the alliance is at best fractious.

Ajsu Party has four MLAs in the ruling alliance, C.P. Choudhary, Vikas Kumar Munda, Raj Kishore Mahto and Ram Chandra Sahis. Choudhary, the sole Ajsu cabinet minister, was present today when his party president Sudesh Mahto lambasted the Das government.

Releasing the report after a daylong meeting in Bokaro, party chief Sudesh Mahto read out highlights.

"The government has failed on every front. Given the growing negative atmosphere in Jharkhand, the Vikas Parv (to celebrate the ruling party's achievements) is a complete sham," Sudesh said.

Opposing amendments to Chotanagpur and Santhal Pargana tenancy Acts, Ajsu today expressed concern over rampant land acquisition and alleged police oppression of farmers. It also alleged poor execution of key projects such as beautification of Birsa Munda Old Jail, Harmu revival and Ranchi's sanitation drive.

The report card also cites the state's surging crime graph in past two years. Jharkhand had 664 murder cases due to ransom and contract killing, it said. Police firings at Khunti, Ramgarh and Hazaribagh and the murder and rape of the Ranchi BTech student found mention in the report card.

As many as 5,500 posts of teachers at colleges are vacant against the sanctioned strength of 7,500 and 49 colleges have no principals, it said.

Ajsu questioned CM Das for claiming to construct 1.77 lakh dobas with Rs 200 crore "without an agriculture policy first" and criticised "its poor financial management".

"When in government, alliance partners are equally responsible for failure and achievements," said Rakesh Prasad, a senior BJP leader.

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