BJP questions poll-timed fund release by Jharkhand governor


Ranchi : The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is crying foul over Jharkhand Governor Syed Sibte Razi’s move to release a Rs.910 million revival package for Heavy Engineering Corporation, allegedly in violation of the election code of conduct.

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The BJP Wednesday demanded an FIR against the governor, who Tuesday released a cheque of Rs.91 crore (Rs.910 million) to Heavy Engineering Corporation Monday as a part of the Rs.250 crore revival package passed by the state government Feb 13, a fortnight before the election code of conduct came into force.

“(The) governor is violating the model code of conduct. FIRs are lodged against politicians, ministers, chief ministers for violating the code. An FIR should also be lodged against the Jharkhand governor,” BJP president Raghubar Das told IANS.

The governor in performing chief ministerial functions in the absence of an elected government in the state. Jharkhand is under president’s rule since Feb 26 following the political flux in the wake of then chief minister Shibu Soren failing to win a by-election to the state legislature.

“This is the second time the governor has violated the model code of conduct. We are writing to the Election Commission,” said Das.

Earlier, the governor’s role came under the poll panel scanner when he ordered hike in government employees’ dearness allowance (DA).

The government later stayed the DA hike after the poll watchdog raised objections to the move announced after model code of conduct came into operation.