July 25, 2016 7:28:15 pm
Yogendra Sao, the man at the centre of the CD controversy, in which Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das and a top police officer were accused of influencing Rajya Sabha polls in the state in June, Monday met Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi in New Delhi. Sao claimed that Gandhi has promised to take up the matter in Parliament.
Meanwhile, entire opposition – including Sao’s wife Nirmala Devi, who is Congress MLA from Barkagaon in Hazaribagh – joined in protests outside the state Assembly demanding probe and action against culprits for a host of issues, including alleged horse-trading.
“I met our leader today and apprised him of the entire CD episode and the efforts to influence Rajya Sabha polls. I also told him how government was short-changing displaced people in Hazaribagh, where the proposed NTPC project is supposed to come up. He listened with patience and has assured that the matter would be taken up in Parliament. Also, he said he would visit Hazaribagh after the Parliament session,” said Sao, a Congress leader and a former Minister, over phone from New Delhi. He added that he had sought time to meet the Congress Vice-president today and got appointment by early evening.
Sao’s wife, who was protesting outside the Assembly here, was taken to a hospital after she complained of fever. However, Nirmala Devi claimed that she was fine and was forcibly taken away in a bid to break her protest. “I was feeling feverish, but I had taken medicine. They took me away forcibly because I was protesting against the injustice that has been done to me and my husband, as well as thousands of people in Barkagaon. I am not going to stop. The dharna will continue as long as the session continues,” she said.
Sao was Minister of Agriculture in the previous government led by acting chief of Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM), Hemant Soren. However, he was forced to step down after being arrested for allegedly running extortion rackets.
Meanwhile, Soren, also Leader of Opposition in Assembly, on Sunday evening, lodged a complaint with the SC/ST police station. He alleged that, in the CD with purported conversations between Sao and ADGP Anurag Gupta, the latter used words that humiliated a tribal. Soren in his complaint said, the ADGP humiliated the entire tribal community by saying that they can’t be trusted. He added that this may lead to disruption of peace also. However, no FIR has been registered.
On Monday, Soren too joined other party leaders, including those from Congress and Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (Prajatantrik), demanding action in the CD controversy outside the Assembly. Besides, the opposition also raised the issue of custodial death of a minor recently.
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