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Ajsu rally for special status

Ranchi, Nov. 21: The second phase of Ajsu’s Adhikar Yatra kicked off from Chuttupalu village on the outskirts of the state capital today, reiterating the party’s demand for a special status for Jharkhand.

As part of the campaign, a motorcade led by party supremo Sudesh Mahto will travel through Ramgarh, Bokaro, Dhanbad, Giridih, Hazaribagh and Koderma districts till December 25, seeking public support on the issue.

On the way, Mahto will address several public meetings, explaining why a special status is the only viable option to put the state on growth tracks.

“We have taken oath at the place where 1857 mutiny heroes like Sheikh Bhikari and Takait Umarao Singh were born. We are determined to steer our movement to a decisive end,” said Ajsu spokesman Deo Sharan Bhagat.

“Our voice cannot be suppressed. The tremendous public response has infused new energy in us,” Mahto told The Telegraph over telephone.

The second phase of the yatra will end after paying homage to tribal hero Jaivir Mahto at Charhighati in Hazaribagh district.

In the first phase of the campaign in September this, party workers held token hunger strikes, formed a human chain, staged demonstrations in front of Parliament, held a rally at Jantar Mantar in Delhi and called on President Pranab Mukherjee.

Sources said with this yatra, Mahto had also begun his campaign for the coming elections. He would address meeting in every Assembly constituency during the drive.

JVM president Babulal Marandi launched his Sankalp Yatra in Simdega yesterday. Both the parties have been seeking early polls in the state.