Ranchi/Jamshedpur, Sept. 12: The Ajsu party will observe a daylong hunger strike in all the 260 block headquarters across the state tomorrow to push for a special state tag for Jharkhand.
The party leaders will submit memorandums addressed to the President of India at the block offices.
Ajsu chief Sudesh Mahto has directed all party MLAs and senior office-bearers to be present in their respective areas during tomorrow’s strike.
This will be the second such agitation in the last fortnight. Earlier, on August 30, party members staged similar demonstrations in all the district headquarters across the state in support of their demand.
“Jharkhand is one of the poorest states, though it accounts for 40 per cent of the country’s total mineral reserves. All major power plants in the country run on coal supplied by Jharkhand, but most of its villages are yet to get electricity,” pointed out Ajsu vice-president Chandra Prakash Choudhary, while justifying the demand at a news conference in Ranchi today.
He added that Jharkhand fulfiled all the conditions as laid down by the Gadgil Committee in 1969 to get special status tag.
“Once people realise how Jharkhand has been denied its dues, the mass movement will automatically gain momentum, Choudhary added.
The party is planning a series of programmes to drum up public support for a special economic package for the state.
In Jamshedpur, speaking to The Telegraph Ajsu secretary and spokesperson Dev Sharan Bhagat said the party would form a human chain stretching up to 330km, covering the length of NH-33 between Barhi in Hazaribagh and Baharagora in East Singhbhum, on October 2. About four lakh people will participate in the human chain between 11am to 3pm.
“The human chain will prove that the demand for special status is not just a political agenda, but a people’s movement. The party has struggled for the formation of a separate state. Now, we will take our fight for the special status for Jharkhand to a logical conclusion,” said Bhagat.
The party will also organise an Adhikaar Yatra. Party chief Mahto will lead the yatra, which will kick off on September 21 from Ulihatu (Birsa Munda’s village) and culminate at Bhognadih (Sidhu Kanhu’s village) in Khunti on September 27.
The party leaders will also call on President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh with their wish list and stage a public meeting at Ramlila grounds in Delhi on November 15 — Jharkhand’s statehood day and Birsa Munda’s birth anniversary.
The agitation for special status will conclude with ‘Jharkhand Lok Maha Panchayat’ to be organised on February 11 next year at Morabadi grounds in Ranchi on the occasion of Baba Tilka Manjhi’s jayanti.
Ajsu arty supremo Mahto said though all the leading parties were supporting the demand, only his party workers were battling at the ground level.