Congress Jharkhand unit chief takes aim at party’s own ministers, alleges non-performance

Sitting MLA from Jamtara in Jharkhand and the Congress’ state unit chief, Irfan Ansari has accused the party’s ministers of non-performance, including health minister Banna Gupta.

File photo of Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren (second from left) and JPCC chief Irfan Ansari (third from left) (Photo Credits: Satyajeet Kumar/India Today)

Congress leader and sitting MLA from Jamtara, Irfan Ansari has placed the party’s ally in Jharkhand in the docks by accusing Chief Minister Hemant Soren’s JMM government of non-performance. President of the Jharkhand Pradesh Congress Committee (JPCC), Ansari hit out at the poor delivery of ministers from the Congress quota.

While candidly admitting that the situation in Jharkhand is ‘pathetic’, Irfan Ansari alleged that state minister Badal Patralekh goes to other states such as Chhattisgarh to imbibe the model implemented by the respective governments in those states. Patralekh, however, claims Ansari, is least concerned about loan waivers promised by the Congress to farmers in the state of Jharkhand.

Even after a year, the Jharkhand government struggles to fulfill its promises, the Congress MLA from Jamtara said adding that farmers of the state feel deceived and cheated. In other states where the Congress is in power, the farm loan waiver has already been delivered, Ansari asserted.

In the ruling Jharkhand Mukti Morcha-Congress government, the Congress holds all prominent departments, including agriculture, health and rural development.

After minister Badal Patralekh, Irfan Ansari turned his guns to Jharkhand Health Minister Banna Gupta. “An MLA like him [Banna Gupta] struggles to place a worthy civil surgeon who can work to improve the health sector in a small constituency like Jamtara. The same condition prevails in the whole state,” Ansari said.

“People struggle to have access to good medical aid and facilities. The secretary of department Nitin Kulkarni does not listen to the demands and genuine issues of even ruling MLAs,” Irfan Ansari added.

The Congress MLA from Jamtara and the party’s Jharkhand unit chief went on to allege, “The rural development department led by Alam Gir Alam has also been a non-performer. The schemes and plans have not benefitted the farmers and people in rural areas.”

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