JVM chief Babulal Marandi addresses party workers in Dumka on Thursday. Picture by Rajesh Kumar Pandey
Dumka, Sept. 27: Babulal Marandi today appealed to JVM workers to mobilise the masses against the “failure” of the Arjun Munda government and enable his party to come to power after the next Assembly elections.
The JVM supremo, in his address at a party workers’ conference at Gandhi maidan here, stressed the need to strengthen the organisation at the grassroots.
“At present, we have a government of leaders, not of the people. It is high time that the present government is overthrown to establish people’s government,” Marandi said as party workers of the Dumka Assembly segment shouted slogans such as Babulal Marandi Zindabad and Rajya ka Mukhyamantri kaisa ho, Babulal Marandi jaisa ho.
Marandi said the JVM was the only Opposition party to raise issues concerning the people of Jharkhand, starting from protests on the streets and in the Assembly but the BJP-led government appeared to have turned a deaf ear to their demands.
“We are left with no option but to secure a majority in the next Assembly elections and form a government on our own,” Marandi iterated, adding that the Munda government had failed in almost all fronts, with the deteriorating law and order and rise in corruption the worst markers.
He claimed that even death certificates were not being issued unless the officials concerned were bribed.
He further said that transfers of officers in charge of police stations and superintendents of police were also driven by the volume of bribe.
Marandi also did not spare the Congress and ruling ally JMM for the plight of the people across the country and the state respectively.
He referred to several scams that undermined the credibility of the Congress regime at the Centre, especially over the Commonwealth Games, 2G spectrum and, more recently, allocation of coal blocks.
JVM’s principal general secretary Pradip Yadav and other senior functionaries also addressed the workers, exhorting them that the state could develop only under the leadership of Marandi, the first chief minister of Jharkhand.