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'Rajnath, Munda linked to Koda scam'

india Updated: Dec 07, 2009 21:19 IST

The Congress on Monday claimed that investigations would reveal "links" of BJP Chief Rajnath Singh and former chief minister Arjun Munda to the money laundering scam in Jharkhand in which another ex-CM Madhu Koda is the main accused.

"Why was former Jharkhand chief minister Babulal Marandi replaced? What prompted the BJP leadership to ignore senior party leaders and instal Munda in place of Marandi (in 2003)?" AICC spokesman Mohan Prakash asked at a press conference in Jamshedpur.

Claiming that the BJP did not have answers to these questions, he said investigations would reveal "links" of Singh and Munda with Koda.

Singh and other senior BJP leaders had played a key role in installing Munda as chief minister and the saffron party had now stopped raising the Ram Temple issue and appeared to be more concerned about Koda, the spokesperson alleged.

He pointed out that Koda, as Jharkhand Mines minister in the Munda-led NDA regime, had allotted 40 mines and only 15 during the tenure of the UPA.

On reports of certain Congress leaders' names allegedly figuring in Koda's diary seized by the Enforcement Directorate and Income Tax departments, Prakash said none would be spared.

Asked whether Congress would seek the support of Independents in case of a fractured mandate in the assembly elections, Prakash exuded confidence that the Congress-JVM combine would get a majority.