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Jamshedpur, Aug 10: What was he doing in the Congress camp anyway? A man like Dr Ajoy Kumar with the towering personality of truth, discipline and dedication defined all over, the ex cop resigned his IPS job perhaps in haste, to put it in layman’s term, when he could have done a world of good to the regiments in khaki and to the general people had he stuck on and risen to higher echelons of police service. But then, the option was his and he knew better. After his stint as a senior executive in a world renowned company, he again must have felt cramped to release his desire of service to man and he joined politics. He joined JVM and won the elections to Parliament in his very first venture. He won because the people admired him for his role as the super cop of a troubled district. He was the messiah of the common man. The people felt safe and the much maligned police became a byword for safety. As a parliamentarian, Dr Kumar worked assiduously for the people of his constituency and even beyond. He was the best parliamentarian the voters had seen. He exceeded expectations but then, during the second run, in spite of his selfless deeds, he was let down by his ‘own folks.’
Perhaps Dr Kumar saw another avenue to discharge his honest social responsibilities. And it was here that he committed the biggest blunder of his life. He joined the wobbly Congress party that was not going anywhere. He should have known, being a foresighted man, that this Congress was not the one as envisioned by WC Bonerjee, Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, Lala Lajpat Rai, Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, Pt Jawaharlal Nehru, Deshbandhu Chittaranjan Das and their ilk. The kaleidoscope had changed. Instead lay scattered coloured fragments of coteries, yes-men and self-seekers to move up the unpredictable political street. The Grand Old Party had disintegrated to form murky patterns on a dusty checker-board of internal bickering that is now emerging from the political Pandora’s Box much to the chagrin of diehard followers of the Congress who have now removed themselves to the unobtrusive corners of nonentity.
Yes, Dr Ajoy Kumar should have known. Perhaps he thought and the party’s central leadership thought that he was the best man to give Congress face a makeover with his attitude and integrity. The people, especially of the two Singhbhums and Saraikela-Kharsawan , though against the Congress (at least most of them) were forced to rethink with Dr Ajoy Kumar taking over the party’s reins in Jharkhand. He started work in his own suave manner and people did see some positive changes in the party’s field work. People took note of their ‘idol’s’ moves and in spite of their discomfiture of having to choose among the three major banners in the state (Congress was gradually climbing back as the third political option in the state), they started nurturing a spirit of hope even on a party that had gone haywire. It was the good and not so old Doc’s charisma that had started working.
But old timers in the party who had done precious little for Congress when it started hanging perilously on the political cliff but tried to make hay even under a bloated sun, began to feel uneasy with the party president’s strict and dedicated regimen and of course his personality, started squirming initially and then rent their vent after the LS election debacle with just one seat to show out of 14, blaming it all on the party chief. What they had done, they did not ask themselves as they had killed their conscience blinded by personal motives. They revolted against Dr Ajoy Kumar by calling him an outsider; they publicly vilified him; they had the dancers of the third gender performing at the party headquarters in Ranchi; they orchestrated a fast and furious fight there; they went to Delhi where the party’s general secretary told them as if speaking to kindergarten children to behave themselves but still the matter did not subside. The simmering did not stop though it was more sotto voce this time around. The Doctor saw his cards collapsing and he had reached the end of his patience as he himself owned up.
Dr Ajoy Kumar losing is a matter of disbelief. How can he? Yet he has. After all, he too is mortal though superhuman in character. There is still hope if he opts out even now. Not only from the chair but from a party that is now seemingly bereft of any ideals or ideology. He is too good a do-gooder to be lost amidst dirty squabbles. It is up to him again to look out for options. But the bottom line is he is too good a man to be lost in the political maze.
The Avenue Mail correspondent contacted former central minister Subodh Kant Sahay, former party president Dr Pradip Kumar Balmuchu and former Jharkhand minister Banna Gupta for their reaction over party state president Dr Ajoy Kumar tendering his resignation from his post and the observations made against party leaders in his resignation letter. This is what they stated.
Subodh Kant Sahay
Former central minister and Congress leader Subodh Kant Sahay said, “I will not comment on Dr Ajoy Kumar’s contentions. I will say whatever I have to after the Assembly elections. I have been instructed by the party high command not to make any public comment.”
Dr Pradip Kumar Balmuchu
Former Congress state president Dr Pradip Kumar Balmuchu said after Dr Ajoy Kumar tendered his resignation that now the Congress will be on firmer ground. The party has a very bright future in Jharkhand and it will perform to people’s expectations. When pointed out the accusations cast by Dr Kumar, Dr Balmuchu retorted that it was useless saying anything about a person like him (Dr Ajoy Kumar).
Former Jharkhand Minister and Congress leader Banna Gupta stated that Dr Ajoy Kumar had always been like an elder brother to him. “I respect him because he is a respectable leader.” He said that personally he loved and respected him and he would continue to do so in the future too. Banna Gupta observed that everyone had a right to express his views and Dr Kumar expressed his. But he refrained from commenting on Dr Ajoy Kumar’s observations.