Jamshedpur: BJP legislative party leader and former chief minister Babulal Marandi accused the Hemant Soren government
of misusing the police machinery to “extort” and criticised the recently-concluded two-day investment conclave in New Delhi.
Addressing the media on the concluding of his two-day tour of the Seraikela-Kharsawan district, Marandi said, “This government is openly endorsing the loot culture and shielding the forces involved in illegal and unethical culture business activities.”
He also criticised the New Delhi conclave saying Soren is wooing corporates to Jharkhand while being indifferent to the fact that a chunk of the industries in the state is in a shambles apart from several industrial projects failing to take off because of non-cooperation from the government.
“In the 18 months of Soren’s government, the state has reported increasing cases of smuggling of sand, stone, coal and iron ore,” Marandi said, adding that robbery, ornament snatching and killings have increased in the state.
Responding to a question, Marandi claimed that the state government is not willing to hold the three-tier panchayat elections on a party basis because it “fears BJP will win the overwhelming number of seats if elections”.
He also charged the government with using the Covid-19 pandemic as a shield to protect itself from the growing anger of the people
. The tribal face of BJP further said the government have not fulfilled promises it made to the masses in the 2019 assembly elections.
“Had the government been sincere, it would have made progress on fulfilling the promises on jobs and grants to unemployed youths among others,” Marandi claimed.
He further claimed that the government is fast losing the trust of the people because of its acts of omission, which are exposed in the Covid period. Marandi also claimed the state government did not implement the central government-sponsored project to provide tap water to every household in the state properly.
“Tap water scheme is a 100% central government-sponsored project and the state government is claiming that it did not have funds to implement the scheme,” Marandi added.
He also defended the domicile policy of the previous Raghubar Das government as fair and framed in the interest of the residents of Jharkhand. “The coalition government led by JMM overturned the policy,” the BJP leader charged.
When asked about the reason behind the poor show of party in all 14 assembly seats in the Kolhan division in the assembly polls, the veteran BJP leader remained elusive but said the party will improve its position in the coming elections.
Earlier on Monday, Marandi took part in the executive committee meeting of the district ST cell of the party. While addressing the party workers during the meeting, Marandi claimed the transfer and posting “industry” is flourishing like never before since the JMM-led alliance came to the power.