Opp dream of a new CM will remain so: Munda



Kharsawan (Jharkhand): Jharkhand Chief Minister Arjun Munda on Monday termed as 'dream' the opposition claim that voters of Kharsawan would re-enact what those of Tamar did to JMM president Shibu Soren which had forced him to step down as chief minister in 2009.

"Some people are dreaming. That will remain a dream when voters of Kharsawan will give a befitting reply to them on February 10," Munda said in a public meeting.

He was referring to JVM-P president Babulal Marandi’s claim that the state would see another chief minister falling by the wayside when results would be announced on February 17.

Soren had lost the Tamar bypoll to JDU's Gopal Krishna Patar, now the Disaster Management Minister in the Munda government, supported by Soren’s JMM and AJSU party.

"They are politicising the CNT (Chhotanagpur Tenancy Act) with an aim to destablise the state, but the people will not allow it to happen," said Munda, who is facing challenge from JVM-P/Congress candidate Dasrath Gagrai and six others.

The bypoll is necessitated as Munda, a Lok Sabha member, took oath as CM on September 11 last year, and has to enter the assembly within six months from that date.

Marandi, who has camped here to campaign in support of Gagrai, said Munda had won the seat thrice since 1995 and been CM as many times, but grievances of the people of Kharsawan remained the same.

Addressing a meeting in support of the Gagrai, Union Tourism Minister Subodh Kant Sahay said, "Munda remained CM for three terms and represented the seat for 15 years, but there is no development in the constituency."

The campaigning will end at five pm tomorrow and the voting will take place on February 10.

PTI