Arjun Munda is welcomed at the BJP executive body meeting in Ranchi on Sunday. Picture by Hardeep Singh
Ranchi, Aug. 19: The state BJP unit’s executive committee today expressed solidarity with indigenous tribals in Assam and resolved to extend all possible support to safeguard their interests.
The Bodo-Muslim crisis in Assam figured at the start of a two-day meeting this morning. The venue was lined with photographs depicting the devastation caused by the recent social tension in Assam, which the state unit squarely blamed on the Congress.
“The situation of the riot victims at the relief camps in Assam is pitiable. A particular section of society recently tried to incite social tension in Ranchi and Jamshedpur as well, while staging a demonstration to protest against riots in Myanmar. But we are not going to remain mute spectators. We also promise that the Arjun Munda government guarantees foolproof security to persons belonging to the Northeast in Jharkhand,” said BJP state president Dineshanand Goswami.
Various scams during the UPA rule and price rise also figured during the deliberations. Goswami demanded the Manmohan Singh’s resignation, alleging the Prime Minister’s Office of directly involvement in the irregular allotment of coal blocks.
The party is, however, tight-lipped on the defiant attitude of its political allies in Jharkhand.
The BJP core committee will soon decide on how to deal with the ruling allies. But the executive panel did resolve to extensively publicise the achievements of Arjun Munda government and strengthen the party organisation.
It also advocated that the Assembly should pass a resolution proposing that its strength be doubled, which in turn will not only improve public representation in the House but also play crucial roles in bringing about political stability.
“The outcome of ongoing membership drive has been quite encouraging. Our preliminary reports indicate a 40 per cent increase in membership with large numbers joining the party fold,” said HRD minister Baidyanath Ram.
On the functioning of the coalition government, he said, “A coalition has its compulsions. All parties are equally responsible for failures and achievements. We decided to form a coalition government with JMM support because the Congress was out to destabilise the state. We have no idea about whether the BJP had assured the JMM that it would be heading the government for the last 28 months of the existing tenure.”
Arjun Munda had also come to attend the meeting, despite ill health. He could be a part of the dais, as the organisers forgot to put in place a ramp for the chief minister, who is not yet allowed to climb up stairs.
After spending some time seated in the front row, Munda preferred to rest in an adjoining room.
BJP national general secretary Dharmendra Pradhan and its Jharkhand in-charge Harendra Pratap were also present.