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Babulal Marandi merges JVM(P) with BJP

Babulal Marandi greeting Amit Shah in Ranchi.

Babulal Marandi greeting Amit Shah in Ranchi.   | Photo Credit: PTI

Two of the three MLAs join Congress.

The Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (Prajatantrik), led by Babulal Marandi, formally merged with the BJP on Monday in the presence of Union Home Minister Amit Shah and other party leaders in Ranchi.

On the occasion, Mr. Marandi, who quit the BJP in 2006, lashed out at the present grand alliance government in Jharkhand led by Chief Minister and Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) leader Hemant Soren. 

“This government is running only on Twitter…but the governments can’t be run on Twitter…what is the law and order situation here we all know”, Mr. Marandi said at the Milan Samaroh (meeting programme) at Ranchi’s Prabhat Tara ground.

Mr. Shah said, “The Narendra Modi and Raghubar Das governments had been successful in implementing all programmes and policies for the welfare of the poorest of the poor in Jharkhand through supply of LPG connection, electricity, construction of homes. And now piped water will be provided to them”.

The BJP would do more works for the welfare of common people while in opposition in Jharkhand, Mr. Shah added. He declared that soon “a sky-reaching Ram temple” will be constructed in Ayodhya. 

“By abrogating Article 370 and 35-A, the Narendra Modi government has also made Kashmir an inseparable part of India”, Mr Shah said. He also took on the Soren government on the recent killing of seven tribal people in West Sighbhum district.

Mr. Marandi was the first tribal Chief Minister of Jharkhand after it was bifurcated from Bihar in November 2000. However, he left the party in 2006 and floated JVM(P).

In the recent Assembly elections, the JVM(P) won three seats. Besides, Mr. Marandi, Pradip Yadav and Bandhu Tirkey were elected.

Earlier, Mr Marandi expelled both Mr. Yadav and Mr. Tirkey from the party on the ground of “anti-party activities”.

Mr. Yadav recently met Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi in New Delhi. He is likely to join that party.

Mr Marandi is a tall tribal leader of Jharkhand and after losing power, the BJP is aiming to revive the party leadership in the State with a tribal face. It is likely to elect Mr. Marandi as the Legislative Party leader. The post of Opposition leader in the Assembly is still vacant.

In last Assembly polls, the BJP miserably failed to perform well in the tribal dominated seats as the non-tribal Chief Minister Raghubar Das was completely disconnected with the tribal voters.

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