Thursday, November 30, 2023

War of words mars 15 Point Programme for minority welfare

Ranchi: Jharkhand Chief Secretary Sajal Chakraborty and Jharkhand Mukti Morcha MLA Aqil Akhtar locked horns on Tuesday during a proposed meeting on the Centre-sponsored 15 Point Programme for the welfare of minorities at Project Building. As a result, the meeting could not take place.

Sources said a heated exchange of words took place around 3 pm when the meeting of the 15 Point Programme was convened by the Chief Secretary at the state Secretariat. JMM MLA Aqil Akhtar and MLA Paulus Surin arrived at the meeting on time. Chakraborty got late for the meeting as he was busy in a meeting with the Advocate General of Jharkhand and the law secretary.

Due to delay in commencement of the meeting, Akhtar and other members reportedly expressed displeasure and raised questions on the sincerity of the Chief Secretary. In view of the objection raised by the MLAs, Chakraborty called them in his chamber while continuing his previously continuing meeting.

No sooner did the MLAs and members arrive in the chamber of Chakraborty, a heated exchange of words was witnessed. Later, the legislators went out and sat on the chair in the corridor and sent a message to Chief Minister Hemant Soren informing him about the incident and seeking action against the Chief Secretary.

Chakraborty said the legislators were treated well and welcomed at the meeting. He said the behaviour of the MLA was dismaying and disappointing. He demanded that the state government should guard the honour of the state bureaucrats.

Chakraborty said he had apprised the governor, CM and the Speaker of Jharkhand Assembly about the incident. �I will go to the constitutional authorities concerned and seek appropriate action against the guilty so that such incident is not repeated,� he said.

The Chief Secretary further said that a representative of the Central government was also expected to attend the meeting. Since the representative could not arrive, financial matters could not have been discussed at the meeting, he said.

Chakraborty said he did not lodge a police complaint since it would have cost police its valuable time in investigation.

Paulus Surin alleged that Chakraborty did not come at the meeting till 4 pm and asked him and Aqil Akhtar along with other members to get out of his chamber when they objected to the delay.

Akhtar termed the incident unfortunate and demanded action against the senior IAS officer.

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