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JVM readies for July 7 stir

Ranchi, July 4: The JVM is gearing up for a statewide campaign on July 7 to protest against erratic power and water supply, rampant corruption and rising crime graph across Jharkhand.

The party claims to have completed all preparations to stop government officials and executives from reaching their office in Ranchi and stage peaceful dharnas at all the district headquarters on the day.

While JVM principal general secretary Pradip Yadav will lead party workers in the state capital, party president Babulal Marandi sit on a dharna along with his supporters in Dhanbad. Other party leaders and MLAs will spearhead the campaign in their respective districts.

Interestingly, Marandi, during his daylong hunger strike in Ranchi on June 27, had urged party workers to stay prepared for any kind of eventualities —lathi charge, firing or arrest — on July 7. However, he chose to hand over the baton to Yadav for the stir in Ranchi, apparently to avoid any untoward incident.

Sources said the decision was taken keeping in mind the September 3, 2012, incident when a government employee was killed in police action during a protest by JVM workers, who were trying to force their way into the secretariat building. Marandi was leading the protest.

However, Yadav sought to play down the matter. “Marandi has led the party’s all major campaigns in Ranchi. He is our supreme leader. But, his presence is needed everywhere across the state during the campaign. So it was the party’s decision that he should lead the campaign in Dhanbad and I should represent him in Ranchi,” argued Yadav.

Elaborating on the key agenda, Yadav said apart from poor power and water supply, the party would also highlight the plight of students who were suffering owing to lack of teachers and textbooks in government schools.

“Also, there has been a steady rise in crime graph during the past six months. Corruption is rampant. Poor people are forced to cough up money to avail benefits under various government schemes,” he added.

The JVM spokesperson said the Centre and the state government had miserably failed in check soaring prices, further adding to woes of common people. “We cannot remain mute spectators and will so everything possible to safeguard common people’s interests,” he added.