Congress: Put Differences Aside to Fight COVID

The Congress-Jharkhand Mukti Morcha coalition government in Jharkhand has set aside its differences after intervention from the AICC to fight Covid-19 pandemic. The AICC asked its state unit to cooperate with the government.

The Congress is handling crucial health ministry in the state. 

Speaking to IANS, Jharkhand in-charge of the Congress and former Union Minister R.P.N. Singh said, “After I came to know about some problems, I asked the state leaders to keep their differences aside and requested our ministers, office bearers in the party that the first priority at the moment is to fight Covid-19 in the state.”

“The Government in the state has come up with standard operating procedure where they have daily meetings and inter ministerial group has been formed to oversee issues on regular basis. If I get any complaint, I ask the ministers and state president to look into it,” Singh added. 

Ratanjit Pratap Narain Singh.

Earlier, the Congress had objected to the large scale transfers of officials which led to friction with the alliance partner, the JMM. 

The party in-charge said Jharkhand is basically a state where a vast majority of people are tribals and the state has ensured that no body coming to or going from the state will have to pay anything. The state was the first to bring back migrants and students from other states.

The state is also trying to bring other stranded migrants who want to come back to the state and nodal officers have been instructed for the same.

The Congress leader said nobody expected this type of pandemic though the state has very less number of cases. 

He lashed out at the centre for not providing guidelines on migrants. “Now when the centre has started trains they want online system. How is it possible for a labourer to have access to online system of ticketing.”

“The Congress-JMM government will finish its tenure of five years and I do not forsee any Madhya Pradesh type of coup in the state,” Singh claimed. 

While the Congress leader claimed that the state is doing fine, the leader of opposition Babulal Marandi told IANS recently that the Jharkhand government has failed on all fronts – be it the issue of migrant labourers or providing relief to the needy.

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