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Tomar was first shown black flags when his convoy was passing through Hinoo Chowk and again at Sonari Aerodrome in Jamshedpur.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers clash with Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) workers who showed black flags to Union Steel Minister Narendra Singh Tomar at Hinoo Chowk in Ranchi on Saturday. Source: PTI Photo Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers clash with Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) workers who showed black flags to Union Steel Minister Narendra Singh Tomar at Hinoo Chowk in Ranchi on Saturday. Source: PTI Photo

BJP on Sunday said the waving of black flags at the Union Steel and Mines Minister Narendra Singh Tomar during his Jharkhand visit was a “futile attempt on the part of the ruling JMM to regain its lost ground in the state.”

When asked about the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha’s protest during Tomar’s visit yesterday, Jharkhand unit spokesman of the Bharatiya Janata Party Amarpreet Singh Kale described it as “irrelevant”.

“Certainly, BJP will be benefiting in the upcoming assembly election in Jharkhand because of the good work being done by the Narendra Modi-government and form a strong and majority government in the state”, he told reporters here.

Tomar was first shown black flags when his convoy was passing through Hinoo Chowk near the Ranchi airport and then outside the Sonari Aerodrome in Jamshedpur.

Speaking about the incident, Tomar later said in Ranchi yesterday that those showing black flags to him were themselves preparing to sit in the opposition as the people of state would vote for the BJP in the next Assembly elections.

Referring to BJP activists being among those who hooted Chief Minister Hemant Soren when he was speaking in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a function in Ranchi’s Dhurwa area on Thursday, Kale denied the role of the BJP activists in the incident.

“It was a government function and people from all sections of the society and political parties irrespective of their party affiliation as well as critics had come to listen Modi and raised ‘Modi Modi’ slogans and had not hooted Soren,” he said.

Such things had happened even during BJP’s party meetings where Modi had participated, he claimed while deploring JMM’s “opportunistic approach” for political gain.

In fact, Soren was given more time to speak at the function, he said.

JMM had issued a statement later that day (August 21) that its activists would protest visits of any central minister to Jharkhand if a public apology was not tendered by the Prime Minister following the “unseemly” act by BJP activists during the chief minister’s speech.

The Jharkhand BJP unit also claimed that the outcome of the actions taken by the Modi government at the Centre have started bearing fruits, which would largely benefit the poor and downtrodden sections of the society.

Referring to the foundation laying of 100-bed ESI Hospital at Adityapur, near here, in Seraikela-Kharswan district by Tomar, also the minister of Labour and Employment yesterday, Kale said that it was possible because of the fast decision taken by the Centre as the implementation of the project was pending for the last several years.

The BJP leader said the hospital would not only benefit lakhs of labourers but also their family members in mineral-rich as well as the industrial hub of Kolhan region comprising East and West Singhbhum and Seraikela-Kharswan districts.

Kale also hailed the minister for increasing the pension of the labourers while serious efforts were being made to hike their wages.

“The outcome of the actions taken by the two-and-half-month-old government are now visible and the people of the country have started feeling it”, he claimed.

Activities in the industrial and mining sectors, which have been facing difficult times for the last few years for various reasons including economic meltdown, have started taking place in the state.

Kale expressed hope the decisions being taken by the Modi-government would give impetus to growth rate across including industry, mining, health and education and also generate employment.

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