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A day after ouster, Simon claims threat to life from JMM leaders

HT Correspondent  Ranchi, May 08, 2014
First Published: 15:43 IST(8/5/2014) | Last Updated: 16:27 IST(8/5/2014)

Former food and civil supplies minister Simon Marandi, who was dropped on Tuesday from the cabinet, hit back at the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) top leadership a day after.

Taking a dig at JMM, the senior leader said the party had sidelined itself from its principles. While addressing a press meet on Wednesday, Marandi said his life was in danger, adding that the party could go to any extent to take revenge against him.

The former minister also circulated a copy of his reply to the showcause notice which was slapped on him on Tuesday.

Replying to the notice Marandi mentioned that he was not involved in anti-party activity. He added that if calling spade a spade and seeking justice amounted to indiscipline, then the party could take action against him in 10 minutes. “Why wait for 10 days?” he questioned.

Clarifying his stand, Marandi said it was an emotional outburst on his part after being ignored by the party. JMM had denied ticket to Marandi’s son Dinesh William Marandi from the Rajmahal Lok Sabha seat this time.

“My wife (Sushila Hansdak) and me, who have served the party workers for four decades, were shocked,” he said.The party neither informed me nor the district committees were consulted before nominating Vijay Hansdak, the Congress turncoat, who was made the candidate from Rajmahal, the former minister said. Vijay was in the Congress and had always opposed the JMM, he added.

Drawing attention towards cabinet minister Rajendra Prasad Singh’s reported statement where he had allegedly said that “We too want the government to go,” Marandi questioned why no action was taken against Singh. He also underlined agriculture minister Yogendra Sao’s demand of a CBI probe into the coal scam and questioned whether this statement was anti-establishment or not.

Marandi also criticised the appointment of chief minister Hemant Soren’s political advisor Himanshu Choudhary and said he was misguiding the government. “He is an outsider and the old guards have no idea about him,” he added.

Marandi also mentioned that the party ignored him while cobbling up the coalition government with the BJP in 2010. Being a senior party leader, he should have got a ministerial berth in the government, he said.

Talking to the media on the government’s Sona-Sombaran Dhoti-Saree scheme, Marandi said he had sent the file to the chief minister four months ago and questioned whether the delay in finalising the tender was his fault.

He also justified his action of stopping the transfer of a rural works department executive engineer in Ramgarh, mentioning that the engineer was facing a vigilance probe.
Marandi said the party was aware about his political standing in the Santhal Parganas. “Options are open for me,” he added. It is being speculated that he might join the JVM(P) or Trinamool Congress.

Meanwhile, the government is in a tight spot after dropping Marandi. It is surviving by a thin margin and attempting to rope in the two JD(U) legislators and another disgruntled JVM(P) MLA to survive.


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