Giridih/Ranchi: Amid the show of mahagathbandan’s unity in Jharkhand, former Chief Minister Babulal Marandi filed his nomination for Koderma Lok Sabha parliamentary seat. On the occasion, he was accompanied by the heads of the opposition parties who are part of the gathbandhan in Jharkhand including Jharkhand Mukhti Morcha (JMM)’s working president and former Chief Minister Hemant Soren, President of Jharkhand Pradesh Congress Committee Dr Ajoy Kumar, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD)’s Jharkhand President Gautam Sagar Rana and Congress’ Ranchi candidate Subodh Kant Sahai.
After filling his nomination papers, Marandi made a scathing attack on the Narendra Modi led Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) government.
“If you can recall 2014’s Lok Sabha election, then you shall remember that Narendra Modi had promised to provide two crores jobs to youth every year. Now they do not discuss employment. Had they given the jobs, then by now 10 crores youth would have got employed. But now even the government reports indicate that in the last five years 12 cores unemployed youth have had themselves registered at the employment exchange,” said the Jharkhand Vikash Morcha (JVM) chief, during his speech.
He further said, “Modi had promised that farmers of increasing their income by one and half time, but it did not happen. Now they do not talk about farmers. In fact, several laws have been brought to displace farmers. BJP has tried to finish or weaken all the constitutional bodies. And tried to finish the constitution too. Whether it is CBI, RBI or election commission, nothing has been left. Even the judiciary has not been spared and judges have had to hold a press conference.”
He then added, “Narendra Modi had asked for 60 months to fulfill all the promises, but he spent 22 months outside India. This government is neither of the tribal, schedule caste nor of the minorities. They tried to end the diversity of the country. And created enmities among communities. They garlanded the killers. The work which should have been done, they did not do, and what should not have been done, they did it.”
While JMM working president, Hemant Soren, on the occasion said, “India is safe in the hands of the army, there is no threat country. But if the country has any threat, then it is from BJP and NDA people.”
He added, “The people (BJP) who says it has double engine government, has looted the country double–, country as well state. The farmers are forced to die today, and by giving farmer Rs 6000 annually, Prime Minister has made the farmers look like beggars.”
He also praised the Congress Nyay scheme and that when Rs 72,000 will come to farmers and later in the market, it will definitely boost the economy.
“At one side capitalists are standing and on other farmers, labours, poor, Dalit, and advasi. Let’s see who wins?” Soren added
While Dr Ajoy Kumar mentioned in his speech about the gaffe in the BJP manifesto which stated that they will increase crime against women. And also pointed out that while the Jharkhand government is closing down schools, it is opening wine shops.
“You can understand the mentality of BJP, by knowing what they think about women. If BJP comes to power again, jobs won’t be created and the farmers will be ruined, he said.
He further motivated the crowd by saying, “It is your responsibility, and no else. Keep your future in your hand. Throw away the ones who are spreading fake nationalism, casteism and communalism.” And added, “A para-teacher gets Rs 8000 to 10000, but a wine shop employee earns Rs 32,000 in Jharkhand, so this is BJP. When they come seeking your vote, remember that they have beaten the poor to death in the name of Hindu-Muslim, beaten the schedule caste people, and remember that youth are jobless even after doing engineering.”