BJP MLA threatens to go on indefinite hunger strike

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Jamshedpur, Feb 22 (UNI) BJP legislator Saryu Rai has threatened to go on an indefinite hunger strike before the Jharkhand Assembly from February 28 if the government failed to start the execution of a water project at Mango area here by February 27.

Mr Rai, an MLA from Jamshedpur west, told UNI that the proposed water project, which would benefit an approximate three lakh people in the area, was pending for the past three years and the people were bearing the burnt of non-implementation of the project despite the foundation laid by Chief Minister Madhu Koda himself in January this year.

The legislator also sought intervention of Governor Syed Sibtey Razi in connection with the project and requested the Governor, who would address the first day of the state Assembly beginning on February 27, to give necessary directives and guidelines to the cabinet for passing of tender for the project.

Mr Rai said he was left no other options but to sitin for an indefinite hunger strike to draw the attention for the welfare of the common people who had been suffering for long.

He said the project was started by former MLA and late state finance minister M P Singh few years back, but the dilly- dallying attitude of the UPA government was responsible for the failure.

Significantly, the state water senitation department had rejected several tenders for the project earlier on various grounds including that of one from the Jamshepur Utilities Services Compnany (JUSCO), a subsidiary of Tata Steel.

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