July 18, 2016 8:45:36 pm
In the wake of the CD controversy, in which Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das and a senior police officer have been accused of trying to influence a Congress leader in connection with the Rajya Sabha polls of June 11, the Opposition is all geared up to corner the government in the assembly session that begins from July 23.
Das, however, claimed on Monday that his government was blemishless since it took over in 2014 before heading to Bengaluru and Hyderabad for meeting with business leaders in a bid to attract investment in the state.
According to official communication, Das – accompanied by a team of top state officials – will discuss the possibilities of investment in the tribal state. A couple of programmes, being dubbed as ‘roadshows’, will also be held to showcase investment opportunities in the state. Meeting with N R Narayanamurthy, Infosys founder, is scheduled to be the first appointment for Das in Bengaluru.
Earlier in the day, Das attended a programme in Giridih district, where he inaugurated several initiatives and gave away certificates to youngsters, who have completed their skill development programmes. He also gave away cheques for those selected under the Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana.
Addressing the gathering, Das said: “In the 15 months of our governance, there is not a single blot on us. Earlier, there was politics of corruption and the middle-men ruled the roost. Now, we are committed to accountability and responsibility.”
Reacting to Das’s claim, Jharkhand Mukti Morcha’s general secretary Vinod Pandey said, “By being away, he is escaping from answering some very tough questions that the CD has posed to him. We had already warned that, with the BJP announcing two candidates, there will be horse-trading and use of state machinery to influence people. The CD has proven that our apprehensions were correct. The Party will take up the issue seriously in the Assembly.”
Both the Parties have decided to meet the Governor first and then raise the issue in the week-long assembly session. “The option of going to court is also open. If need be, we will take to the streets,” said Singh. The JMM has earlier held a state-wide programme to burn effigies of the CM following the release of the CD.
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