Call off fast: Munda to Marandi

Ranchi: Appealing to JVM-P head Babulal Marandi to break his indefinite hunger strike, Jharkhand Chief Minister Arjun Munda today said he has sanctioned an ordinance to protect the interests of the people affected by the encroachment drive.

Marandi, however, accused Munda of cold shouldering to its demand for a legislation to help all the displaced families retain their homes."On behalf of the Cabinet, I have sanctioned an ordinance," Munda told newsmen here while appealing to Marandi to call off his fast which entered fifth day today.

The chief minister had last week said the legal department was going through the crux of the ordinance that would help regularise houses deviating from official design.Stating that matters should not be taken forward with a political intention, Munda called upon all the parties to find a constructive solution to the current problem of encroachment and that the government had already announced a rehabilitation policy for the displaced.

Asserting that the anti-encroachment drive was not a political agenda and that it was an order by the high court, Munda said his government wanted a solution and was doing everything to find one.Marandi, however, claimed Munda had cold shouldered his party delegation headed Principal General Secretary Pradip Yadav which called on the chief minister earlier in the day.

"I was told by the members of my party delegation that the chief minister was not constructive in his replies during the dialogue with them," Marandi told newsmen here.Later, Yadav announced that activists of the party from all over the state would reach Ranchi to put pressure on the Munda government.

"The Arjun Munda government is adamant on its anti-people policies like demolishing houses of the poor and leaving them to fend for themselves in the open air. Our party activists will converge in Ranchi in support of our leader Babulal Marandi,"