MLA Bandhu Tirkey demonstrates on the Assembly premises in Ranchi on Friday. Picture by Prashant Mitra
Ranchi, Dec. 13: Colourful protests and celebrations by different parties marked the first day of winter session of the Assembly that kicked off today.
Jharkhand Janadhikar Manch (JJM) MLA Bandhu Tirkey staged a demonstration with balloons outside the House in demand of a local residents’ policy, providing reservations to natives of Jharkhand in government jobs.
“The state government must work out a policy to protect the interests of local people,” the Mandar MLA said.
Interestingly, a residents’ police figures prominently in the common minimum programme of the JMM-Congress government. Also, the JMM had cited BJP’s unwillingness to formulate such a policy as the main reason while withdrawing support from the Arjun Munda government.
“JMM claims itself to be a well-wisher of tribals, but it is not serious about safeguarding their interests. It will have to pay during the coming polls if it does not take appropriate steps now,” Tirkey said.
The JVM, on the other hand, staged a demonstration on the Assembly premises, seeking special aid for drought-hit farmers and financial assistance to madarsas.
Some members of the ruling allies too targeted the JMM on these issues.
However, as the news of Supreme Court granting bail to Lalu Prasad broke, RJD MLAs left the House and indulged in celebrations. RJD legislature party leader Annapurna Devi drove straight to the Birsa Munda jail to congratulate the party supremo.
Amid protests and celebrations, the government tabled the CAG report for 2012-13 and action taken reports on assurances given by the government during the previous Assembly sessions.
The Speaker announced the names of chief whips of the JMM and RJD in the House.