-The Times of India
JAMSHEDPUR: The stand-off between the tribal people of Nagri village and the state government over acquisition of land for construction of educational institution is to reach the President of India with JharkhandPeople's Party (JPP) calling for a March to Delhi on July 22.
Former legislator and founder president of the JPP Surya Singh Besra has announced to lead a delegation to the national capital on July 22 to meet President Pratibha Patil, seeking her intervention to ensure justice for the people of Nagri.
The party has announced holding a rally at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi and subsequent meeting with Union home minister P Chidambaram the same day.
"Nagri is not an isolated episode to overlook. Large swaths of tribal land have been acquired by the state government under the garb of development in the last one decade. It's high time we need to ascertain whether the present model of development is pro-indigenous people and inclusive in nature or it is just for the big corporate houses and prospective business managers," said Besra, a critic of the present government.
He said the victims of the Nagri violence would also be the part of the delegation that would meet the President. "With an aim to provide first hand account of the ground reality to the President, we are keen to take the Nagri victims with us to Delhi," Besra said after the party meeting on Sunday.
He urged other like-minded parties to join him in his march to Delhi this month.
Mention of the word "Vananchal" alongside the Jharkhand in the government notification issued by the home department on June 7 directing all district administrations to identify genuine statehood activists for the proposed financial assistance programme has also angered the JPP.
"How come the government can grant permission to the home department to use the word Vananchal when the word Jharkhand has been constitutionally accepted," said Besra alleging that to keep the RSS and BJP in good humor present chief minister Arjun Munda did so.
During the separate statehood movement, the BJP had carried out agitational programmes under the banner of Vananchal Pradesh.