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Saturday , November 10 , 2012
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Nagri cloud on meeting

Ranchi, Nov. 9: A section of participants at a meeting of the Tribal Advisory Council walked out midway today after chief minister Arjun Munda refused to discuss the Nagri impasse.

Even before Munda, who presided over the meeting, began his address, Jharkhand Janadhikar Party MLA Bandhu Tirkey demanded that the Nagri issue be discussed.

But Munda replied that since the council was a constitutional body, the members should exercise patience and let the meeting proceed according to the set agenda.

Tribal villagers have been locked in strife with the state over 227 acres in Nagri, where the government proposes to set up campuses of three premier educational institutes.

When several other members of the council began raising the issue repeatedly, Munda said the matter was sub judice, adding if they were still interested in discussing the matter, they ought to make a written demand.

An hour later, Munda informed he was stepping out for some important work and would soon return, asking the members to continue discussions at the meeting, being held after 10 months. His deputies were also not present.

At this, a handful of members belonging to Opposition parties started leaving.

“I am boycotting because the chief minister is not taking the meeting seriously. Almost all the leading political parties have submitted their memorandum to the governor on the Nagri issue. Still, why it did not figure on the agenda of today’s meeting is rather intriguing,” Tirkey said.

Congress MLA Geetashree Oraon, also a member, argued that the agenda of the meeting was sent to her yesterday.