BJP will do more work as an Opposition: Amit Shah

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Former Jharkhand Chief Minister Shri Babulal Marandi has finally merged his Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (JVM) with the Bharatiya Janata Party at an event named ‘Milan Samaroh’ in Ranchi on 17 February, 2020. Shri Marandi joined BJP in the presence of Union Home Minister Shri Amit Shah.

It is to be noted that the move from Shri Babulal Marandi comes at least 14 years after he snapped relations with BJP. During the ‘Milan Samaroh’, Home Minister Shri Amit Shah hugged Shri Babulal Marandi and welcomed him to the BJP fold.

Earlier the merger of JVM and BJP was announced a week before. Announcing it Shri Babulal Marandi told reporters that a formal merger ceremony will take place on February 17 at Jagannathpur maidan, which is also known as Prabhat Tara maidan, in the presence of BJP’s former NationalPresident and Union Home Minister Shri Amit Shah, BJP National Vice-President Shri Om Prakash Mathur and other senior leaders. “Office-bearers of the party, district presidents and members of the executive committee were present in the JVM(P) meeting when the merger proposal was unanimously passed and approved,” he said.

Union Home Minister and former BJP President Shri Amit Shah who addressed the party’s Milan Samaroh in Ranchi; Jharkhand said, Hemant Soren-led Jharkhand government was responsible for the brutal killing of seven tribal community people in West Singhbhum district in January.
The Home Minister said, “Seven tribals were brutally murdered at West Singhbhum in Jharkhand. But there is no action on that either. If similar law and order continue, the BJP will fight against it on the road, in the Assembly and also in Parliament.”

During his address, speaking about the result of the 2019 Jharkhand Assembly Polls Shri Shah said we respect the mandate of the people of Jharkhand. “BJP lost in the Assembly polls and we respect the mandate. We will do more work as an opposition. BJP does not work to grab power; it works to take the country forward. The Raghubar Das government implemented each scheme of the Narendra Modi-led government — from electricity, toilets to providing gas cylinders to every household. Now PM Shri Narendra Modi has decided to take water to each household by 2024 and we will do it.”

On Shri Babulal Marandi’s return to the BJP, Shri Shah said, “Today is a matter of great joy for me because since I became the National President of the party in 2014, I was trying to get Babulalji back to BJP. With the arrival of Babulal Ji in BJP, the local leadership of the party will get experienced and this will also strengthen the BJP in the state.”

Noteworthy, beginning his career as a teacher before joining the BJP and going on to become a junior minister in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee led NDA government, Shri Marandi was chosen by the BJP to become the first Chief Minister of the newly created Jharkhand State on November 15, 2000. Jharkhand was carved out of Bihar in that year. But Shri Marandi, who was a BJP MP, decided to walk away from the party and formed JVM-P along with some senior BJP leaders in September 2006. After forming the new party, he won an assembly election for the first time in the November-December 2019 polls.