Santhal tribe to non-cooperate with Marandi life-long

Bhubaneswar: Elders of the Santhal tribe on Wednesday decided not to cooperate with Sports and Youth Affairs minister Sudam Marandi life-long.

In a meeting at Bangiriposi of Mayurbhanj district, elders of the tribe coming from different regions took the decision as Marandi, who belongs to the Santhal tribe, marry off his daughter to anon-tribal. They were of the opinion that Marandi has violated the norms of the Santhal tribe by allowing his daughter to marry a Brahmin.

Though Marandi was called to the meeting, the minister did not attend it.

Marandi, a former Lok Sabha MP, had joined BJD in 2014 and was inducted into the ministry of Naveen Patnaik.