Both the Congress and the BJP are trying to cash in on the closure of the Fertilizer Corporation of India Limited (FCIL) unit in Sindri, the dream township of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. The FCIL plant at the Sindri industrial township near Dhanbad closed on December 31, 2002.
The BJP blames the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government for the plight of the fertiliser township, while the Congress charges the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) with the closure of the FCIL unit.
Moreover, candidates of both parties have pledged to revive the township if voted to power in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.
“It is true that the Sindri FCIL unit was closed during the NDA rule. But what has the UPA done for the township over the past decade?” said Pashupati Nath Singh, the BJP candidate for the Dhanbad Lok Sabha seat.
“The BJP will form the next government under the leadership of Narendra Modi. Our new prime minister will ensure the revival of the FCIL unit as well as the township," Singh was talking to the media during his road show here on Saturday.
Countering Singh, Congress candidate Ajay Dubey said, “It is the UPA government that has initiated efforts to revive the dying township and to turn it into the industrial hub of Jharkhand once again.”
However, the Congress candidate did not spare a former MP of his own party. “Dadai Dubey who registered his victory over the Sindri issue in 2004 from Dhanbad could do nothing for the revival of the FCIL unit.”
Chandrashekhar Dubey alias Dadai Dubey, who is now in the fray on a Trinamool Congress ticket from Dhanbad, blamed the BJP and Babulal Marandi, then chief minister and the founder of Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (Prajatantrik).
Dadai said Marandi never tried to initiate any action in this regard. Meanwhile, the JVM (P) candidate Samaresh Singh blamed both Congress and BJP for the deplorable condition of the industrial township.