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Koderma by-election a rehearsal for next Assembly polls

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Koderma, Oct 26 (UNI) Former Jharkhand Chief Minister Babulal Marandi, fighting to retain the Koderma parliamentary seat, today said the November 6 by-election will be a rehearsal for the next Assembly polls.

''People did not give a clear mandate to any party in the last elections. Neither the erstwhile NDA government nor the present UPA dispensation in the state enjoys genuine majority to be in power,'' he told UNI here.

Mr Marandi, president of Jharkhand Vikash Morcha, said the UPA was equally responsible for rampant corruption in the state.

The veteran politician, who resigned from the BJP's primary membership in May as well as quit the Lok Sabha, said his main plank in the coming by-election would be to fight 'bhoi, bhukh and bhrashtachar' (fear, hunger and corruption).

He mentioned about a memorandum submitted to Governor Syed Sibtey Razi on August 18 by Coal Minister Sibu Soren where he talked about alleged financial transaction in terms of giving mining leases.

Mr Marandi pointed out that Chief Minister Madhu Koda was the departmental minister at that time.

The JVM president wondered why the UPA, which was so eager then to unravel the scam, was 'silent' now.

Referring to the recent sting operation in which three BJP MLas were shown allegedly taking money, he said the party did not take any action against the trio.

''Even, the UPA government did not take any initiative to probe the matter and some of the ministers are trying to protect them,'' he opined.

He said there were several examples to show that the present government was not different from the NDA in terms of 'encouraging corruption'.

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