Former chief minister Arjun Munda on Wednesday lashed out at chief minister Hemant Soren for his remarks on turncoats leaving the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM).
It may be noted that on Tuesday, Hemant Soren in Jamshedpur had said that turncoats leaving JMM was a good sign as 'impure blood' was leaving the party.
Comparing the JMM with blood donors, Hemant said donating impure blood stimulates circulation of fresh blood in the human body, similarly, donating turncoats will give rise to fresh leaders in the party.
A furious Munda slammed Hemant for his remarks and asked for his opinion on Lalu Soren, former JMM leader and Hemant's uncle, who joined the Trinamool Congress (TMC) earlier this month.
"What is his opinion on Lalu Soren's blood?" Munda asked.
Hemant's comments came in the backdrop of four influential JMM leaders quitting the Sibu Soren-led party and joining other political groups over a span of less than a month.
JMM's former MLAs Hemlal Murmu and Bidyut Baran Mahato from Rajmahal and Baharagora respectively, joined the BJP this month and will now contest the election from Rajmahal and Jamshedpur.
Besides, JMM Palamu MP Kameshwar Baitha and party chief Sibu Soren's brother Lalu Soren joined the TMC.
Munda told HT that the chief minister's remarks came out of sheer 'frustration' and 'anger' over losing leaders prior to the general election and a dwindling government in the state.
The Opposition leader said JMM leaders are leaving the party as it is losing its influence in the state and gradually moving towards a major crisis.
He said that Hemant's statement was due to his nervousness over losing the government.
Munda said that the general election will be the last nail in the coffin of the JMM-Cong-RJD coalition government in the state and very soon 'Lotus will blossom in Jharkhand'.
"Such remarks were expected from a party losing its presence. It is funny how Hemant is reacting to the crisis situation," Munda said.