Amit Shah says Cong used Madhu Koda to loot state

  • Sanjay Sahay & Anbwesh Roy Choudhury, Hindustan Times, Ranchi/Bokaro
  • Updated: Dec 05, 2014 15:25 IST

BJP president Amit Shah on Thursday accused the Congress of using former chief minister Madhu Koda to loot Rs 4,000 crore in Jharkhand.

Addressing four rallies ahead of the third phase of polling on December 9, the BJP leader also accused the Congress of dislodging BJP governments at the cost of development work.

Shah addressed the four rallies at Bermo in Bokaro, Nimdih in Saraikela-Kharswan and Sonhatu and Ormanjhi in Ranchi.

"Not Koda, but the Congress has scammed Jharkhand of Rs 4000 crore," said Shah addressing his first rally at Bermo, a Congress stronghold.

In 2009, Koda and several of his cabinet colleagues were booked separately by CBI and Enforcement Directorate (ED), respectively for amassing disproportionate assets and money laundering offences.

Shah also called former prime minister Manmohan Singh a 'mauni baba' (silent man) and Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi as 'Rahul baba'.

The BJP president in Nimdih pitched for BJP candidate Sadhu Charam Mahato, contesting the elections from the Icchagarh assembly constituency.

Attacking JMM, Shah said, "The father-son duo (JMM chief Sibu Soren and CM son Hemant Soren) have crippled Jharkhand. I urge you to end the dynastic politics for development, like in the Centre where you removed the mother-son duo (Congress president Sonia Gandhi and son Rahul)."

In neighbouring Sonahatu, his third rally of the day, Shah campaigned with the AJSU Party chief and ex-deputy chief minister Sudesh Mahto, who is contesting elections from the Silli assembly constituency.

"The BJP-AJSU Party alliance is solely for the development of Jharkhand," said Shah, adding that looting Jharkhand was a one-point agenda of the JMM and the Congress.

Releasing the AJSU's report card, Mahto said, "The AJSU party had turned Silli into a model constituency. It was an example of development in a state striving for growth."

In his last address at Ormanjhi, Shah drew comparisons between BJP ruled states and Jharkhand.

"Chhattisgarh, which was formed with Jharkhand, is now much ahead of the latter. If you give us majority I assure that Jharkhand would become the No 1 state of the country," he said.

In his speeches, Shah assured people that the Modi-government has decided spend all of the money from auctioning coal, estimated at Rs 2.5 lakhs crore, for the state's development.

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