Ranchi, Jan. 22: The CPI(M) today demanded that the state Assembly be dissolved immediately to pave the way for fresh elections and threatened to intensify its agitation in Jharkhand during the coming days.
These decisions were taken at the party's state secretariat meeting which was attended by, among others, CPM politburo member Brinda Karat. A wide ranging issues on the prevailing political scenario in the state were taken up for discussion.
Partymen, who also spoke on their March 19 rally in New Delhi, felt it was high time the CPI(M) began preparations for the next Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha elections.
"The politics of opportunism played by the BJP and JMM in Jharkhand stands thoroughly exposed. The Congress, too, seems to be trying to experiment formation of another Madhu Koda-type of government. The poor are doomed to fend for themselves. Under such circumstances, the Left parties, especially the CPI(M), have bigger responsibilities to shoulder. We firmly demand that the Jharkhand Vidhan Sabha be dissolved immediately," Karat told newsmen.
She alleged the former Arjun Munda government had plundered the state's resources in connivance with industrial houses. "The nefarious designs by Reliance Power Limited in Koderma and Panem Coalfields Limited in Santhal Pargana are living examples. Ranchi MP Subodh Kant Sahay's name figuring in the coal scam also establishes that Jharkhand is not safe in the hands of the BJP, Congress, JMM and the likes," she said.
Karat said a CPI(M) delegation would meet Union agriculture minister Sharad Pawar in Delhi soon and request him to set up foodgrain procurement centres across the state since poor farmers were doomed to sell of their produce at throwaway prices with the help of middlemen. The party also decided to work for the success of nationwide strikes called by central trade unions on February 20-21.