Marandi's contest-poll sermon

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  • Published 25.09.10

Patna, Sept. 24: Former Jharkhand chief minister Babulal Marandi today said the probable candidates for the post of chief minister should contest the elections to strengthen the democracy.

“It is unfortunate that those who are vying for the post of chief minister are not contesting in the Assembly elections in Bihar,” Marandi, the Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (JVM) president, said.

“Even the Prime Minister did not contest in the Lok Sabha elections last year. But it is expected that those eyeing the top job in the state will contest the Assembly elections to strengthen the democracy,” Marandi said, releasing a list of candidates’ names for 21 seats for his party’s alliance partner Bharat Vikas Morcha (BVM).

Stating that corruption was rampant in Bihar and Jharkhand, Marandi said dishonesty was deep-rooted in both the states. There had been no decrease in corruption over the past five years, he said. Commenting on NDA making development its poll plank, Marandi said the state government had neither been successful in setting up a single industry nor in protecting people from natural furies.

“I will be campaigning for BVM candidates in the elections to bring a change in the governance,” the MP from Koderma in Jharkhand said.

BVM general secretary Vijay Kumar Mishra said his party would contest in 50 Assembly seats.