On the eve of his swearing in as the first non-tribal chief minister of Jharkhand, BJP leader Raghubar Das on Saturday said his government will ‘review’ the policy decisions taken by the outgoing Hemat Soren regime. The CM-designate blamed the last 14 month rule of the JMM-led coalition government for “acute corruption” and strengthening of the Maoist forces in the state.
“The state needs to be given a new direction. Our cabinet will review the policy decision by the previous government and put in place an effective mechanism to deal with the menace of Left wing extremism. We have a mandate for it,” Das told HT in Delhi.
Das also took pot-shot at critics for raking up the tribal versus non-tribal controversy. All nine governments that Jharkhand has seen in 14 years were headed by a tribal and Das is the first non-adivasi to become chief minister of the state with over 26% ST population.
“I heard former Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar taking exception to a non-tribal becoming chief minister of Jharkhand. He must realise that time was up for caste politics and caste leader. In Jharkhand his Janata Dal (United) scored nil and so did his ally the Rashtriya Janata Dal. This is unprecedented,” Das said.
A five time MLA, Das argued that the Lok Sabha elections and subsequent assembly polls in states have show that people have preferred development over identity politics and people were ready in a mood to “shut the shop” for those who practice politics on the bases of religion, region and caste.
“It is for the first time that a pre-poll alliance has got majority in Jharkhand,” he added.