The war cry against the Centre’s land acquisition ordinance and the state’s recruitment policy is getting shriller in the state as more and more opposition parties are signing up to fight the BJP-led governments.
On Thursday, the Congress, the Bahujan Samaj Party, the Marxist Coordination Committee and other regional parties said yes to a call by the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) and Jharkhand Vikas Morcha-Prajatantrik (JVM-P) to oppose the twin policies.
The JMM and the JVM (P), which fought each other in the elections, joined hands on February 3 and urged the other parties to join them to fight BJP’s policies.
The JMM alleges the Centre’s ordinance amending the land acquisition Act will lead to land grab in the state protected by Chhotanagpur Tenancy Act and Santhal Pargana Tenancy Act. They have also been demanding that the Raghubar Das government first reserve jobs for the residents of the state before embarking on an ambitious plan to fill more than 1 lakh vacancies in the next six months.
Thursday’s convention at the Ranchi residence of former chief minister and JMM leader Hemant Soren resolved to begin the movement by jointly petitioning the Governor on February 9, registering their dissent against the Centre and state government’s “unilateral and arbitrary” move to fill up vacancies and delay in cabinet expansion.
Vinod Pandey, a JMM central committee member and party general secretary, said: “The petition will seek clarification from the Governor on constitutional and other statutory provisions which are being violated due to abnormal delay in expanding the council of ministers."
It will be followed by a ‘Maha Dharna’ on February 16 at the Raj Bhawan, the Governor’s residence, setting the stage for state-wide protests against land ordinance.
The opposition was also confident of roping in the Left and independent legislators for the agitation.
The opposition also seems to have a game plan to counter the BJP’s alleged efforts to woo its legislators. A JMM legislator who attended the meeting said they would beat the BJP at its own game of triggering defection and split in the opposition parties.