Das on pleasure trip to Singapore during festive season, says Sahay

Jamshedpur: Former Union minister Subodh Kant Sahay on Friday accused chief minister Raghubar Das for merely touring Singapore on the pretext of bringing investors to the state.

Sahay said it was not the right time for the chief minister and his team to go on an investment tour to the city-state at a time when government officials and top business leaders of Singapore are celebrating Christmas,

“The Indian embassy had informed the CM’s office that the officials in Singapore will be on Christmas and New Year’s leave,” Sahay told reporters here.

Calling Das’s investment tour as a pleasure trip, the senior Congress leader said the chief minister should have first made efforts to improve the domestic industry instead.

“Look at the pathetic condition of SMEs in Singhbhum,” Sahay said, referring to the slump in business in the Adityapur Industrial Area, which is reportedly the outcome of several factors including demonetisation.

The veteran Congress leader, who is currently visiting rural parts of Kolhan, said most of the people are upset with the amendments made in the Chotanagpur Tenancy (CNT) and Santhal Paragana Tenancy (SPT) Acts.

“On one hand the state government has abolished the safeguard rules of the tenancy acts and on the other hand, the Centre has taken away the people’s hard earned cash,” Sahay said, adding that Das was following Modi’s footprint.

Responding to a question, Sahay said, “It cannot be a coincidence that bank deposits have witnessed an abnormal jump following demonetisation.”

Sahay also claimed that several public and private sector banks recorded at least a 15% jump in deposits during the third quarter of the present financial year.

“It is true that Congress is down to 44 seats in the Lok Sabha but BJP’s landslide victory does not give them rthe licence to ruin the country,” Sahay said. “At least Rs 12,500 crore as wages of MNREGA workers are yet to be credited to their account, let alone slashing the annual outlay from Rs 82,000 crore (in UPA II regime) to Rs 30,000 crore,” Sahay said.

Describing Das as “arrogant and Copycat ofPrime Minister Narendra Modi”, Sahay said the Das government failed to tackle the deteriorating law and order and the situation was worse in the state capital, where loot and murder became a common feature.

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