Jharkhand CM has 3 accommodations, says suspended BJP leader

Suspended BJP leader Sanjay Seth alleged that Jharkhand Chief Minister Arjun Munda had been rendering poor people homeless in eviction drive but he himself was occupying three official bungalows at Ranchi.

Last Updated: May 12, 2011, 17:06 PM IST

Jamshedpur: Suspended BJP leader Sanjay
Seth on Thursday alleged that Jharkhand Chief Minister Arjun Munda
had been rendering poor people homeless in eviction drive but
he himself was occupying three official bungalows at Ranchi.

Munda has been allotted a residence (CM House) at
Kanke Road three months back after he became chief minister in
September, Seth said here.

But he was yet to vacate the bungalow at Moradabadi,
allotted to him when he was welfare minister in the Babulal
Marandi Cabinet in 2002 as well as the old circuit house at
Jail Chowk which he got in 2005, he told a press conference.

State Assembly Speaker C P Singh, also a senior BJP
leader, was also occupying two bungalows in Ranchi - at Deputy
Para and Kucheri Road, Seth said adding such things would send
a wrong signal about the BJP-led government in the state.
Asked whether he would demand at the party forum to
mount pressure on Munda to vacate the accommodations, Seth
said he had already raised this issue and did not think any
forum bigger than the public forum.

The BJP removed Seth from the post of state BJP
spokesman on May 2 and suspended him for anti-party activities
five days later for openly supporting JVM-P chief Babulal
Marandi during the latter`s seven-day hunger strike against
the anti-encroachment drive.

Accusing the party for adopting a pick and choose
policy for initiating disciplinary action, he said no action
was taken against former External Affair Minister Yashwant
Singh and former Deputy Chief Minister Raghuvar Das who were
with him in the dharna against the eviction drive.

To a query about the ordinance that was approved by
the cabinet to rehabilitate the affected families, Seth said
the general perception among the masses about the ordinance
was that it was framed to favour the builders.

Drought was a major issue till the Munda-headed
coalition government was installed eight months ago, but now
eviction drive became priority for the party, Seth claimed.
Stating that coalition partners JD(U) and AJSU Party
were also opposed to the eviction drive, he said it would have
a massive impact on BJP`s poll prospect in the next election.

PTI