Congress flags torched in Dumka

Dumka, Jan. 30: Nearly 12 JMM workers went berserk at Dumka's Dudhani Tower Chowk yesterday night and pulled down flags and festoons belonging to the Congress party and set them on fire.

Sources said the move might have been triggered by the heightened frustration among the JMM towards Congress for its refusal to forge an alliance with it for formation of an alternative government in the state.

According to Congress leaders the flags and festoons that were set on fire yesterday had been put up recently for the booth-level meet of its workers. They termed the act as an utter "disregard" towards Congress president Sonia Gandhi and the vice president of the party Rahul Gandhi.

"Around 12 JMM workers came here near midnight on separate vehicles. They pulled down all the flags and festoons that bore the pictures of Sonia and Rahul Gandhi and set them on fire," former state deputy chief minister Stephen Marandi told a news meet here today.

He then went on to allege that some of the JMM workers involved in yesterday's incident enjoyed a close proximity with Shibu Soren's youngest son Basant.

"At the one hand the JMM leadership is running from pillar to post to seek the support of Congress in forming an alternative government in the state and on the other they are directing their workers to show disregard towards our top leadership," Marandi said. He added that the party would not bend or give in to the pressure tactics.

The party's district president Shyamal Kishore Singh later lodged a formal complaint in this regard at the town police station.

Meanwhile, Hemant Soren, who appeared before a Dumka court today, hinted that they were still hopeful of getting the Congress on board.

"The statements made by a section of Congress leaders against the alliance are their personal opinion," Hemant said.