The truth that prevails in Jharkhand is that, all political parties are treating people of Jharkhand for granted, as if they are fools. Blood group of almost all the political parties are + C. Short form of PLUS CORRUPTION.
Arjun Munda had gone all the way to London to the residence of Mr. Laxmi Mittal to pursuade him not to withdraw from the soil of Jharkhand. WHY? Fact is natural wealth of the state is for looting in the name of mining but instead of taking up the remedial measures to correct the mistakes, he tried to justify his actions in the name of development. Whose development he is talking about? He has no moral right to point his finger at others as corrupt.
BJP talks of farmers rights and not to forcibly acquire any farm land but at Chhattisgarh where they are in power have bluntly hijacked the constitutional rights of tribals, even at the cost of making mockery of PESA to forcibly acquire land of over 1500 tribal familes at Lohandiguda for greenfield steel plant of Tatas.
Salwa Judum has resulted in destruction of over 644 villages displacing about 3.5 Lakh tribals in Dantewada area of Chhattisgarh.
Salwa Judum is led by a congress leader with support coming in from the BJP run state government. This is the area where best quality of iron ore reserves are located beneth the soil. But in the name of combating naxalites, all the mischiefs are made with innocent tribals, many of whom have been killed in fake encounters. But none of the party speaks a single word about what is going on. Why? But in Jharkhand, they show a different face.
Congress has also miserably failed to discharge its duties as the opposition party in Odisha, to safeguard the interest of the tribals but talks big as if they are the only party championing the cause of tribals, despite mining scam has been well exposed now. Do Congress have any moral right to point finger at the sins of corrupt Madhu Koda, who was in power with their support only. Can Koda alone swallow the cake of Rs. 5000 crore or even much bigger than that without the blessings of the supporting parties?
About Mr. Editor: Now a day, most of the Media has gone in to the hands of corporations who have their own priorities rather than to perform their duties as the fourth pillar of the democracy. Mr. Editor of the leading daily you are talking about is doing what he is asked to do for which he is paid. Owner of that leading newspaper must have his own interest to bake the cake in the oven of that particular party for whom Mr. Editor sings the song. Such persons have no moral right to stay there for even a single day. This is one more example to expose how media is sold out playing as a tool in the hands of political parties.
What does that Mr. Editor wants to say by saying now or never? Does he think that this is the last election and end of democracy for the people of Jharkhand, if they do not vote for a particular party of his choice? Ridiculous!
Jharkhandis have suffered a lot and much more after the sate was carved out of undivided Bihar. Spineless, corrupt and inefficient people have not only mortgaged the long term interest of the people of Jharkhand but have also been instrumental in large scale demographic attack on the tribal areas resulting in to erosion of their centuries old well preserved culture.
In the name of development, these leaders, who got an opportunity to come to power have sold the state. Are all those corrupt faces any less than the Mir Jafars or Jaychands? What both these biggest traitors of our history have done is now being done by the present day rules of the state, irrespective of which party they belong to. By redefining the definations of development, the only agenda for them to to pocket large sums of money by inking Mous and allow natural wealth for loot in the name of captive mining at a laughably low rate of royalty. Why no body talks about inviting global tender for mines when we talk of globalisation and are a member of WTO. But if this is done, games of inking Mous will be over, which no politicians will like.
Rich land but Poor People is no more a puzzle to crack. Even poor tribals have understood the secret of inking MoUs.
Tragedy is that the very police who are duty bound to protect the lives and property of the citizens by the virtue of oath they have taken under the constitution of India are behaving as the private army of the eagle eyed corporations.
The Jharkhand Assembly Election is at its peak. The Congress promises for prosperous Jharkhand, the BJP assures for free lunch (rice and wheat at Rs.1per kg and salt at 25 paisa) and the JMM vows for overthrowing the fear, hunger and corruption into bay, the communists bat for better state and the other smaller parties dream of glorious Jharkhand. The film stars are engaged in the operation vote hunt, the security forces are deployed for ensuring the people’s democratic rights (only right to vote) and the Maoists are engaged (by their Netas) in the activities of disrupting it. However, Mr. Editor of a leading daily is also busy in his own invented media election campaigns. He writes in his special column, “If you miss the opportunity, you have to pay for it”. He goes on writing, “You have undergone through the painful experienced for last nine years therefore at least, vote for your children, family, society, Jharkhand and India, of course.”
I just laugh on the passionate aspiration of Mr. Editor. Precisely, because how can one expect any miraculous change for the state, from those corrupt politicians, who are born only to grab the public money. How can one suddenly forget about the corruption icon Madhu Kora, who was mines minister in Arju Munda (BJP) led NDA government and of course, he bagged huge public money in UPA term. Can you vote for those politicians who replaced Babulal Marandi with Arjun Munda (flag bearer of corruption) only because he did not allow them to grab the public money? The foundation stone of corruption was laid down in Jharkhand by the blackmailers (MLAs) of JD(U) and Samta Party (now all co-travelers of Nitish Kumar) supported by the BJP in 2003, now making lots of noises against corruption indeed.
What would you name them who had hijacked Jharkhand Party’s MLA, Enos Ekka by special chopper and later on transported to Jaipur by a chartered plane with other 4 Independents and 36 NDA MLAs in 2005 after the election results was declared? They decided about the fate of Jharkhand in the five-star Hotel in Jaipur. Similarly, how can we believe in the Congress, who betrayed the Jharkhand for many times, defeated its own supported Chief Minister (Sibu Soren) and engaged in doing all possible attempts to acquire power in the state? But when we have no option in the so-called democracy, we have to choose our leaders among bad and the worst leaders. Even if we boycott the election, the government will be formed in one or other way. Therefore, the voting is on and we are praying to the God, “Give us at least bad leaders not the worst, let win the less corrupt leaders not the most corrupted ones and let’s breathe peacefully for choosing small criminals not the Dons.
Most of the Jharkhandis (believe, talk and walk on the values of Jharkhandi culture) are afraid, anxious and worried about their destiny as the National Election Watch regularly reports us, “Your expected MLAs, whom you would be handing over your destiny for the next five years are Millionaires, Tainted and Criminals. However, the dance of democracy is underway. The percentage of the vote is overwhelming with 52 %, 54 % and 55 % in the first, second and third phases respectively, which seems to be resulting in favour of the Congress-JVM alliance. If the trend continues the congress-JVM alliance can get nearly 30 to 35 seats and form the government with the support of the JMM which is expected to bag nearly 10 to 15 seats.
If everything goes well, the JMM would like to join the Congress alliance for three obvious reasons – one to avoid further trouble of the investigation agencies, second, it would like to bring more central fund to Jharkhand with the holy relationship between the centre and state governments and third, to stop the operation green hunt as many Maoists have joined the democratic process through the JMM. In that case, the UPA’s unwelcome alliance partners – Lalu and Paswan will be marginalized once again. Obviously, there would be some impact of the Liberahan Commission’s Report in the election as some sort of polarization in the favour of the Congress alliance is well noticed and if it continues the JD(U)’s Muslim voters can desert the party which would be clear loss to the NDA.
However, if some quick changes take place in the polls of 4th and 5th phases, the BJP alliance can reverse back and change the game by winning nearly 25 to 30 seats, which would surely result in forming of the government with the support of the AJSU and the JMM. Don’t’ forget, the JMM will not hesitate in joining hands with any alliance for acquiring power in the state (apparently, now the party seems to become power grabbing party rather than the Jharkhandi party, which fights for the Jharkhandi identity, culture and ethos). Obviously, Guruji Sibu Soren would remember Madhu Kora’s recent jail journey (when the Congress was unable to digest the huge turn out in Madhu Kora’s election campaigns despite a hue and cry on misappropriation of 4000 crore and regular attack from the all corners).
Another factor needs to be mentioned here is, if the Maoist Bandh hit the state, the BJP will be in the driving seat. The history suggests, in the Lok Sabh election 2004, the BJP had won merely 1 seat despite it was ruling at the centre and the state as well. In the general election 2009, it won 8 seats despite losing many states. Apparently, it is not because the BJP is very popular in the state but the Maoists bandh worked in favour of the BJP. The rural voters did not turned out in the large numbers due to Maoist threat and the urban voters (mostly the business community) voted for the BJP. But let’s not forget, the situation has rapidly changed and despite the Maoist thereat, the rural people are voting and the urban voters are not very keen in casting their votes, which can shock to the BJP.
The BJP is also suffering from the leadership crisis, which is in the public domain. The congress is campaigning with Sonia, Manmohan and Rahul in the front page but BJP still wants the Vajpayee’s charisma. Its ads show Vajpayee as prominent leader followed by Advani and Rajnath. In that case, how can voters would be interested to vote for a person, whom they have not seen for such a long time? It is also very clear that Vajpayee was part of the Ayodhya movement, which Murli Manohar Joshi publicly revealed in Varanashi recently, which would surely cost the BJP and the NDA at large. It is also because the BJP sings the same song every time.
However, there is no hope for the Adivasis, in whose name the state was formed. The Adivasis would be the most suffers for another five years. If the Congress alliance forms the government, the operation green hunt will be started, where Adivasis would be humiliated, tortured, raped, jailed and killed in the name of the Maoists on the one hand and the corporate development model would be promoted under the shadow of the guns and the democratic people’s movement would be crashed on the other. Similarly, if the BJP alliance forms the government, there would be another operation white hunt against the Christian Adivasis operated by the RSS with the supported of the state government. The BJP would also make operational of 54 MoUs singed by Arjun Munda government with the support of operation green hunt. There would be more and more police firing, torture and brutality on the people’s democratic movements (it was seen during the last NDA regime). The natural resources of the state would be sold to the multinationals and people will remain the poor.
Unfortunately, the Jharkhand is treated merely like an economic and political state by both the national parties – the Congress and the BJP. Their leaders failed to understand that the Jharkhand was formed as a cultural state followed by political and economic bindings. Therefore, only the regional parties (who understand about the Jharkhandi identity, culture and ethos) can meet its aspirations. There is a thrust need of a regional party like DMK, who can engineer the destiny of the state. The JMM could have played that role but it has lost the track in capturing the power. Indeed, the national parties will lead the coalition government with the instructions of the Big Boss and the regional parties would not be in the position to form the government. Therefore, the mandate of the Assembly Election 2009 would not be for engineering the destiny of Jharkhand but it would be for the operation Jharkhand hunt, no matter whether it would be in the form of operation green, white or red hunt.