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If BJP is not defeated, tribals will be uprooted: Jharkhand chief minister

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If BJP is not defeated, tribals will be uprooted: Jharkhand chief minister

Ranchi:

Jharkhand Chief Minister Champai Soren on Saturday claimed that the BJP would plunder tribal lands and uproot them from forests and coal areas, if the party was not defeated in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.

He said the BJP government at the Center had tried to amend various laws that protect tribal rights, but the coalition in the state would protest against such attempts.

The CM was delivering his concluding remarks in the state Assembly, amid the departure of BJP legislators from the House.

The seven-day budget session of the Assembly, which began on February 23, was adjourned sine die by Speaker Rabindra Nath Mahto. No less than four bills, including a proposed International University Bill of 2024, were passed on the last day of the session.

“This budget session has highlighted the government’s achievements over the past four years. A budget of Rs 1,28,900 crore has been passed for the financial year 2024-25 and the government has set a target to make Jharkhand a Rs 10 lakh crore economy by 2029-30,” Mahto said.

The chief minister said that “the BJP government has made amendments to the Forest Rights Act, under which the power of the Gram Sabha has been withdrawn. Similarly, an attempt is underway to amend the Coal Areas (Acquisition and Development) and Chotanagpur Act. Tenancy Act.”

“The Center has planned to strategically evict tribals from forests, coal areas and other places through the amendments. If the BJP is not defeated in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls, the tribals will be uprooted from their land,” the CM asserted.

He urged the ruling alliance lawmakers to make people aware of the BJP’s intentions.

Soren said former chief minister Hemant Soren understood the BJP’s strategy.

“He was therefore put in prison for a land issue, although his name does not appear anywhere,” said the CM.

He said the coalition government has been working to strengthen the state’s educational, social and economic system so that “roti, kapda and makaan can be ensured for everyone”.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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