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BJP Formed Govt In Jharkhand To Loot The State: Cong

New Delhi: Congress on Monday launched an attack on the BJP for forming a government in Jharkhand saying the intention was to "loot" the state and the decision was driven by commercial reasons. "The government
PTI September 13, 2010 20:42 IST
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New Delhi: Congress on Monday launched an attack on the BJP for forming a government in Jharkhand saying the intention was to "loot" the state and the decision was driven by commercial reasons.

"The government has not been formed for the welfare of the people...The intention was to loot Jharkhand...The government has been formed for commercial reasons," party spokesman Manish Tewari told reporters here, singling out BJP President Nitin Gadkari for the episode.

Tewari wondered why a party with only 18 of the 81 seats in the state and having no pre-poll alliance with Jharkhand Mukti Morcha was desperate to form the government in the mineral rich state.

"From the very beginning, BJP wanted the chief minister's post by hook or by crook," he said, adding that a "Nagpur brand" industrialist and a "Nagpur brand" party President (Nitin Gadkari) were instrumental in forming the government.

Noting that the intention was to loot the state like the Reddy brothers were doing in Karnataka, Tewari said, "Only time will tell whether the money of Jharkhand goes to the treasury of the BJP or that of RSS at Nagpur."

Insisting that the basic character of BJP, which claims to be a party with difference, has been exposed by the latest episode of government formation, the spokesman said though Congress along with a regional party had 25 seats, it never staked claim to form the government.

Asked whether the central government had made a mistake by revoking President's rule in the state, Tewari said the Centre acts on reports sent by the Governor.

 About the absence of senior BJP leader L K Advani and other party leaders from the swearing-in of Chief Minister Arjun Munda and whether the party was trying to distance itself from the BJP-JMM government in the state, Tewari said it was a myth which was being propagated.

"This is a myth which has been deliberately propagated. All BJP leaders are involved in this and are supporting the government," he said. PTI