Jamshedpur: Former Chief Minister and senior BJP leader Arjun Munda today made an attempt to clarify his stand on the issue of welcoming Jharkhand Vikas Morcha president Babulal Marandi in the party by saying that he intended Marandi’s unconditional entry into the party.
Speaking to scribes at Circuit House on his arrival in the city, Munda said he had made no assurance to Marandi or any other person for giving them any particular post or position in the future ‘BJP-led government’ in case it is formed.
“My statement was distorted out of its original meaning. I had just said that it is my desire that the entire JVM gets merged with the BJP. I did not offer CM’s post or any other lure to anyone. I am not authorized by the party to do so. The same is true for everyone in the party.
A group of JVM legislators have already merged their faction with the BJP. Marandi should also join the BJP in the national interest and in the interest of the state. He is most welcome to the BJP if he is willing to join it as a party worker. Our party will consider mass entry of JVM leaders including him,” said Munda.
BJP leaders had reacted unfavourably to the statement made by Munda yesterday in Dhanbad wherein the latter had reportedly said that he would have no problem if the BJP leaders projected Marandi as the next CM. Party leaders CP Singh and Samaresh Singh had expressed their disagreement with Munda on the issue.
Munda further said that the BJP had already made it clear that it will be contesting the upcoming Assembly elections without naming its CM candidate. He said the BJP had not projected its CM candidate ever in the last 14 years.
Asked about the Tara Shahdeo case and the allegations against three ministers of the state for their alleged links with the prime accused Ranjit Kohli alias Raqibul Hassan, Munda said, “The delay in sacking the ministers shows that the CM had given tacit support to his tainted Cabinet colleagues. The CM and his entire Cabinet seemed to be guilty in the case.”
Questioned about the proposal to make Jamshedpur an industrial town, Munda said the state government should first make its stand clear on the issue and speak on the benefits of the plan for the city residents. The opinion of the people should be taken before taking a decision on the issue, he said.