In a bid to woo the tribal voters in Jharkhand Mukti Morcha’s (JMM) den (Dumka and Barhait constituencies), Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said nobody could capture tribal land under his rule.
The PM’s statement came in the wake of repeated allegations of the JMM leaders that Modi would capture tribal lands in the Maoist-hit state if voted to power.
CM Hemant Soren is contesting both the seats in the final phase of Jharkhand elections.
Statistics show that JMM has an edge over BJP in the 16 assembly constituencies that will go to polls on December 20. The party won 10 of the 16 seats in 2005 and nine seats in 2009. In contrast, the BJP had managed only six and two seats in the respective elections.
The final phase of election is also likely to be a litmus test for the BJP as the JMM, seen as its toughest competitor here, is banking on its tribal vote bank in the tribal-dominated constituencies.
“Modi sarkaar me koi maai ka laal adivasi jameen cheen nahi sakta (Under Modi rule, nobody can snatch tribal land),” said Modi as a sea of supporters chanted his name.
Calling the BJP a pro-tribal party, he said that it was the BJP that worked for tribal development after the Congress ignored this sect for decades.
Promising `25,000 crore every year from auctioning of coal mines, he said, “I am achaukidaar (custodian) of your country and it is my duty to protect your mines and minerals.”
Concluding his speech with a message to Left Wing Extremists, Modi said, “AK-47 can never lead to development, ballot was and will be superior to bullets.”