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Jharkhand’s move to amend land laws will harm people:Hemant Soren

ranchi Updated: Nov 27, 2016 19:41 IST
Gautam Mazumdar
Gautam Mazumdar
Hindustan Times
Jharkhand News

Leader of Opposition Hemant Soren after the Chotanagpur Tenancy Act and Santhal Pargana Act were amended in the assembly on November 23.(HT file photo. )

The Raghubar Das government by modifying the two centuries-old tenancy laws that protect the land rights of the tribes people in the state, has taken the soul out from the body, said leader of opposition in Jharkhand Hemant Soren.

Referring to the two recently amended tenancy laws–the Chotanagpur Tenancy Act and the Santhal Pargana Tenancy Act– by the Raghubar Das-led BJP government, Soren drew a parallel with the two sidelined BJP patriarchs LK Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi.

“The BJP has sent them to marg darshak mandal. The body exists but (is) not effective, it is like the soul taken out of the body,” Soren told media persons at his residence on Sunday.

“The two land acts after the amendments, are like dead bodies. Industrialisation has taken place in Jharkhand before the amendment, how can the government change the land pattern,” he said, saying that the amendments will allow land owners to make use of agricultural land for non-agricultural purpose.

He further said that governor Droupadi Murmu too suggested the government to think a 1,000 times before making the amendments.

“The state government should reconsider its decision and should not make Jharkhand into a troubled land, “ he said. “Law should be made to protect the people and not to uproot them or cause miseries.”

The Jharkhand Mukti Morcha will soon meet President Pranab Mukherjee to urge him not to sign the bills passed by the Jharkhand assembly on November 23 and will explore the option of approaching the courts.

There will be civil unrest once the amendments become laws, he said.

There were reports that some Christian missionaries and tribes people have been harassed in Barhet after the November 25 bandh, he said.

On demonetisation 1,000 and 500-rupee banknotes, he said, the poor and labour class has been pushed hard by the Narendra Modi government’s decision that has been “implemented without proper homework”.

“People can buy diesel and petrol but not vegetables,” he said on the government allowing use of scrapped banknotes and debit or credit cards for purchasing fuel.

“I have heard people are dying of hunger, lack of medical care and treatment before, but now people are dying even if they have money in the banks that they cannot withdraw.”