Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) supremo Sibu Soren has signaled radical changes in the state’s political equations on Tuesday by attacking Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav for “undue political interference”.
During his mid-night address on the 30th Jharkhand Day, Soren warned of upsetting the political balance in Yadav’s Bihar by fielding candidates in the tribal-populated areas of Banka, Jamui, Purnia and Katihar districts.
He said the RJD had no base in the state and whatever it had got in the last Lok Sabha elections was because of the support extended by the JMM.
Reminding his audience of Yadav’s earlier statement that Jharkhand could be created only over his body, Soren said now when the state had been very much in existence, Yadav had no business here.
He said, “We struggled for 40 long years to create Jharkhand. Those who were opposing the movement are now trying to exploit the state.”
Soren addressed the rally at 1.15 am in Dumka Gandhi Maidan, where thousands of tribals, including women and children, came to listen to him from all corners of the Santhal Parganas.
“Our people come in thousands with bow and arrows, but they never disturb anybody. They come to listen and return in disciplined manner,” Soren claimed.
Other top JMM leaders, including Sudhir Mahto, Hemlal Murmu, Durga Soren, Haji Husain Ansari, Shashank Shekhar Bhokra, Lobin Hembrom and Prashant Mandal, strongly projected Soren as the future chief minister of the state.