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Dissension in Jharkhand BJP over amendment in two land acts

IANS  |  Ranchi 

The simmering discontent among the leaders and legislators in over amendment in two land acts by the has come to the fore yet again.

Former state President and legislator Tala Marandi has said that the amendment was against the sentiments of the tribal people.

The discontent was also aired when national General Secretary Ram Madhav interacted with the party leaders and legislators in Ranchi on Saturday.

The party's Core Committee members and legislators demanded withdrawal of the amendment in two land acts - Chotanagpur Tenancy Act (CNT) and Santhal Pargana Tenancy Act.

Madhav, presently on a three-day visit to Jharkhand, is interacting with the party leaders in different districts.

On Saturday, he discussed the government's functioning and party's position on the two land acts in Ranchi. He interacted with the leaders in Seraikela-Kharsawa district the next day.

He is scheduled to meet the party leaders in Khunti on Monday.

Both Seraikela-Kharsawa and Khunti are tribal dominated districts.

During the interaction, the party leaders openly aired their anguish over functioning of the state and amendment in the two land acts.

A leader told IANS that they demanded withdrawal of the amendment in the two land acts and also informed Madhav that the party leaders have been sidelined by the

The BJP's alliance partner, All Students Union (AJSU), is also opposing the amendment in the two land acts along with the opposition parties.

The protest over the amendment is going on a regular basis in the state.

The had passed the amendment in the two land acts in the Winter Session in December 2016.

After the amendment, the state can acquire land for industries, infrastructure and other works. Agriculture land can be used for non-agriculture purposes.

The amendment passed by the state is pending before Governor Draupadi Murmu.

According to leaders, the amendment has sent a wrong signal among the tribal community that constitutes 27 per cent of the state population.

The got majority of reserved tribal seats in the assembly and Lok Sabha elections. In 2014, the won 12 of the 14 Lok Sabha seats and 37 of the 81 assembly seats.

--IANS

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