JMM dubs BJD Govt as ‘anti-tribal’, seeks Naveen’s ouster

Baripada: Dubbing Odisha's BJD government as 'anti-tribal', Jharkhand Mukti Morcha today launched its campaign here with a call to oust Naveen Patnaik.
The rally, organized by Mayurbhanj district unit of the party, witnessed a massive turnout of tribals with women and children attired in their traditional dresses and men flaunting traditional weapons marching on.
The rally expressed solidarity with the JMM leader and former MP Sudam Marandi.
The 'samavesh' was organized to take on the 'autocratic rule' of the BJD government which kept JMM leader Sudam Marandi in jail custody for 27 days.
Addressing the gathering, JMM state chief Sudam Marandi accused the Naveen Patnaik government of hindering the development of Mayurbhanj on par with other parts of the state during its 12-year rule.
Marandi also alleged that the state is indulging in anti-tribal activities thereby by neglecting their core problems and flayed the launching of Rs 1 per kg rice scheme by the state government.
Stating that MLAs and ministers of the ruling party do take pride in calling them as servants of Naveen Patnaik, Marandi said this was a real blow to the electorate as the elected MPs and MLAs of the BJD should forever count themselves the servants of the people.
Former deputy chief ministers of Jharkahand Hemanta Soren and Sudhir Mohanta slammed Patnaik for "not being able to speak Odia language even after becoming chief minister of the state for over 12 years."