Bye-election win has punctured malicious oppn campaign: Munda
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Last Updated: Thursday, February 17, 2011, 22:05
Ranchi: Jharkhand Chief Minister Arjun Munda on Thursday said his victory in the Kharsawan bye-elections has "punctured" the "malicious" campaign of the opposition against his government, which will last its full term.

In an interview to PTI-Bhasha after his victory in the bye-elections, he said, "Meri jeet se vipaksh ke dushprachar ki hawa nikal gayi (my victory has punctured the malicious campaign of the opposition)."

Munda claimed that the entire opposition, including Congress and JVM(P), had "ganged up" to "destabilise" his government but the people of the state were with him. The voters have given a strong reply to the opposition by way of his victory, he said.

"I was confident of my victory and that has happened. Only the opposition was living in a fool's paradise and no one can stop them from day-dreaming," he said.

He said the opposition was conspiring to bring political instability in the state during the bye-election by raising the issue of Chhota Nagpur Tenancy (CNT) Act dealing with OBC land transfer but the people "understood their intentions".

The Chief Minister said that his victory will provide added stability to his five-month old government and that it will complete its full term. He said his government has taken several bold initiatives to develop the state and bring prosperity to the people and they will bear fruits soon.

Asked about the reduced margin of his victory in the bye-elections, Munda said, "Victory is victory, the margin of the victory hardly matters."

In the Kharsawan bye-election, Munda defeated his nearest rival Dasharath Krishna Gagrai, a candidate of JVM(P) supported by Congress, by a margin of 17,366 votes.

Munda had registered a win in the same constituency in 2005 assembly polls by a margin of over 52,000 votes. His close associate Mangal Singh Soy had also won the November 2009 assembly elections from this constituency by a margin of over 25,000 votes. Mangal vacated the seat for Munda to get him in the assembly as per the constitutional requirement.

Arjun Munda had taken oath as the Chief Minister of the state on September 11, 2010 for the third time, leading a coalition government of BJP-JMM-AJSU-JDU and others and as per the constitutional norms he had to get elected to the state assembly within six months -- not later than March 10, 2011.


First Published: Thursday, February 17, 2011, 22:05

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