‘Bypolls to decide fate of state’

State BJP spokesperson Amarpreet Singh Kale today said results of the Kharsawan by-elections would be crucial in deciding the future of Jharkhand.

Addressing a press meet here today after being appointed as the party’s state spokesperson, the BJP leader said both Congress and Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (JVM) were trying to destabilise the BJP-led government in the state by hatching a conspiracy.

“Mundaji has won the seat three consecutive times with record votes. He will register a thumping win this time too,” he said at the meet organised in a city hotel.

Launching a scathing attack on the Opposition, particularly the Congress, he said the party along with JVM was trying to push the state back into the regime of Madhu Koda, the former tainted chief minister who allegedly plundered the state exchequer.

He also alleged that Congress conspired to ensure Shibu Soren’s defeat in the Tamar by-election to suppress the latter’s popularity. Soren, the then chief minister of the state, had to step down after he lost to Raja Peter in the bypoll.

Presenting a brave face for the party, Kale said the people of Kharsawan would teach the Opposition a lesson. “It’s not Mundaji but the people of Kharsawan who will contest the bypoll,” he observed.

He went on to say that the commitment of the Arjun Munda government was for all to see. “Peaceful conduct of the much-awaited panchayat polls last year and now the National Games, which was pending for the last three years, lends credence to the fact,” the BJP leader said.

Referring to a query, Kale also came down heavily on erring private English medium schools which were flouting norms. He said according to the Right to Education Act 2009, private schools were required to keep 25 per cent seats reserved for candidates from economically backward families at the entry level.

“We have received several complaints from parents regarding anomalies in admissions at the entry classes. The complaints are being forwarded to the deputy commissioner for necessary action,” he added.

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