Here are the excerpts from an interview with Jharkhand MLA Saryu Roy made headlines in the state assembly election by defeating former chief minister Raghubar Das from Jamshedpur East.
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Jharkhand MLA Saryu Roy made headlines in the state assembly election by defeating former chief minister Raghubar Das from Jamshedpur East by over 15,000 votes. Roy’s ministerial stint in the Das government was marked by controversy as he raked up alleged corruption and questioned decisions. Denied a ticket by the BJP, he contested the poll as an Independent. Excerpts from an interview:
Q. You are a giant-slayer who proved to be the nemesis of Raghubar Das and three previous chief ministers.
Whatever I have done is for a cause. I have no personal animosity towards any leader I’ve exposed. Individuals, irrespective of their positions, do not matter. I believe that the cause, the enormity of the issue, should be the driver.
Q. Did you alert the BJP central leadership about the alleged irregularities happening during the time Raghubar Das was in power?
Besides registering my dissent during cabinet meetings, I raised corruption issues within the BJP and even spoke to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2017. The PM advised me to share my concerns with the party. I met BJP chief Amit Shah, who promised to improve things in Jharkhand. Things improved temporarily. With 16 departments under his control, Das operated in a highly centralised manner. The BJP leadership erred in trusting him too much.
Q. Why do you think Raghubar Das lost the election to you?
Not only were people disillusioned by him, even BJP workers were demoralised because of Das’s arrogance. The voters of Jamshedpur East backed me as I inspired trust.
Q. What is your opinion about Chief Minister Hemant Soren?
I have known him since childhood; I shared a warm personal relationship with his father Shibu Soren. We struck a rapport when Nitish Kumar was sworn in as Bihar chief minister for a brief span in 2000 and Shibu Soren agreed to back him. Hemant is a young politician with a kind heart and commitment to improve things in Jharkhand. He has the opportunity to do so now.
Q. As an independent MLA, what’s your agenda?
I will not join any party or government. I will be a watchdog, keeping a close eye on the new government’s work. I will continue to work against corruption. I’ll also continue to expose the irregularities during Das’s regime. Source link