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BJP demands declaration of Jharkhand as drought-hit

india Updated: Jul 29, 2009 18:29 IST

Jharkhand BJP president Raghuvar Das on Wednesday demanded that the state be declared "drought-hit" immediately and relief operations begin at the earliest.

"Eighty per cent of the paddy fields have been affected due to inadequate rainfall in the state, Das said, which would lead to large-scale migration from the state,

The BJP would soon apprise the Jharkhand governor, K Shankar Narayanan, in this regard.

He said BJP would take out a torchlight procession and organise demonstration in front of district headquarters across the state from August 9 to August 14 to highlight the problems being faced by general masses.

Das also expressed concern over the prevailing corruption in National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS) and accused the Congress of "playing the role of a middleman."