Champai Soren said, “This (Hemant Soren arrest) was done on direction from the BJP. People are raising questions against central agencies.
Had the central agencies worked as independent institutions, people wouldn’t have questioned. But if they work as agents of the BJP, people will question for sure.”
The CM said Hemant Soren was working to ensure ‘roti-kapda-makaan’ for tribals but the opposition continued to conspire to destabilise his government.
Taking a dig at the Centre, the CM said the Union government launched Ayushman Bharat Yojana from Jharkhand but people are not getting its benefit.
“Private hospitals have raised their hands saying they are not getting money against the treatment,” he claimed.
He said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi made “big claims” about Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana but when the Jharkhand government asked for eight lakh houses, it was not sanctioned.
“Then, former chief minister Hemant Soren decided to provide houses to the poor from the state fund and launched Abua Awas Yojana,” the CM said.
Responding to the CM’s allegation, BJP spokesperson Pratul Shahdeo said Hemant Soren had to “pay for his own misdeed, rampant loot and corruption during his tenure”.
“The BJP will always be a watchdog and not allow corruption to take place in the state. Mineral mining, sand mining and land scams ultimately caused the downfall of the Hemant Soren government.
Strangely, Chief Minister Champai Soren, who was a senior minister in the Hemant Soren cabinet, was a mute spectator to the entire loot,” Shahdeo alleged.