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JDP focus on role of Maoists- Help sought for tribal welfare

Posted by Indian Vanguard on May 15, 2007

Jamshedpur, May 14: Apparently impressed by the role of Maoists in pulling down monarchy in Nepal, the Jharkhand Dishom Party (JDP) today appealed to the Communist Party of India (Maoist) to “restore” democracy in the state.

This is for the first time that any political outfit has sought the help of rebels to work for the interest of underprivileged section of the society in Jharkhand.

At a news conference here today, JDP state president Kaviraj Murmu and its central vice-president Sonaram Soren, district president Eshwar Soren with other senior members blamed the ruling government for not conducting Panchayat elections in Jharkhand despite directive from the Supreme Court.

Founder of JDP and former BJP MP Salkhan Murmu said the rebels have created a strong base in the state. “But, if the rebels want to survive in future, they need to work for the larger interest of common man,” he said.

“The Naxalites have successfully created base at the village. But unless the armed guerrillas take up a public issue, it is not possible for them to survive in future. The people have lost their trust in the democracy and so, the rebels can play an active role in the state.” Murmu said.

State president of the JDP said the government has failed to conduct Panchayat polls for nearly three decades.

“The panchayati election is aimed to empower villagers. The central government provides funds for the development of them. But the state has not received any fund for the last 30 years,” Murmu said.

Central vice president of JDP said his political outfit is against any violence. “But the people have lost faith on the politicians and bureaucrats. The politicians of the ruling and Opposition party are indulged in corruption. None of them is working for the common man and I believe, the Naxalites can change the fate of the people in Jharkhand.” Soren said.

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