Polls only way: Munda

Dhanbad, Jan. 28: Former chief minister Arjun Munda today suggested that fresh election with a clear mandate was the only way to get rid of uncertainty that has gripped the state.

Munda had come to Dhanbad to appear in the court of first class judicial magistrate in connection with a case on violation of the model code of conduct filed in 2009. Four co-accused ' Dhanbad MP P.N. Singh, senior BJP leader Raj Sinha, former state president of JD(U) Jaleshwar Mahto and former Jamshedpur MP Shailendra Mahto ' also presented themselves in the court of Justice Kuldeep.

However, the next date of hearing has been fixed on February 28 when the prosecution will produce evidence.

Later, speaking to mediapersons at Circuit House, the former chief minister said he tried his best to steer the state towards the path of development, but some people conspired to destabilise his government for their own interests. "Despite being injured in the copter crash last year, I worked from my home so that development projects do not suffer. A cabinet meeting was also held at my house during which several key decisions were taken," the BJP leader said.

Listing some of the projects taken during his tenure as the chief minister, Munda said: "We initiated highway development work at a cost of Rs 3,000 crore over the past two years. Several other steps like decentralising power supply and providing rights to village panchayats were also initiated, but they are unlikely to bear fruit after fall of the government."

He added that the BJP suggested dissolution of the state Assembly as they knew that only an elected government could work for development keeping in mind aspirations of the people. "Our suggestions were not accepted," Munda rued.

On Union rural development minister Jairam Ramesh unfurling the National Flag at Digha, Saranda, on Republic Day, Munda said: "Instead of the minister, the mukhiya of the village should have hoisted the flag."