Twenty-fifteen ends with a fresh pack of challenges for the Jharkhand government and chief minister Raghubar Das in 2016, who completed one year in power on December 28 .
Political observers and Bharatiya Janata Party insiders admit that the Das government majorly faces twin challenges of meeting the promises made in 2015 and keeping the flock together.
Das on November 29 had held a meeting at his residence with key Bharatiya Janata Party functionaries and representatives from the district units. The meeting was aimed at “reducing the gap” between the government and the party organization.
Das promised 20-point programme committees in blocks and districts soon but they haven’t materialised yet. State BJP president Ravindra Kumar Rai had said it was a welcome initiative that would help the government to perform well.
However, nothing materialised till date. “It was an eye wash,” said a BJP functionary who did not want to be quoted. His real challenge lies in meeting the promises made, said BJP’s state spokesperson Pradeep Sinha. The milestones are steep, the chief minister has to trek through difficult terrains, he said.
Das had been promising state’s growth, amenities for the people and a rosy picture ever since he assumed power. There were initiatives but very little has been achieved.
Framing of the state domicile and employment policies, inviting investors and filling up vacancies will also be tough.
Das also feels that the heat within when asked about the 12th ministerial berth that he has left vacant. There are 11 ministers in his cabinet and it is the prerogative of the chief minister to decide whether he would induct anyone further or keep it vacant.
“We will call a news (press) conference and inform the people when decided,” Das said.
The grapevine has it that one more legislator of the All Jharkhand Students Union Party, the coalition partner, will be inducted.
The defeat of All Jharkhand Students Union Party nominee Niru Bhagat in the Lohardaga by-election has changed the scenario, opening the door for the BJP legislators sitting on the fence.
Filling up key posts in the state-run boards and corporations will equally be difficult for Das. While the number of aspirants for the 36 boards and corporations are high in numbers within the ruling parties, Das will have to wade through the troubled water.