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The BJP’s ruling alliance partner in Jharkhand, AJSU has opposed the Domicile Policy, amendments in two land acts and demanded hike in the reservation quota for the backwards community.

The All Jharkhand Students Union (AJSU) made the demands at its three-day annual convention which concluded in Ranchi on Sunday.

“The party rejects the amendment in the two land acts and opposes the Domicile Policy in the current format. The party also demands that the reservation of the backwards community should be increased from 14 to 27 per cent in the state,” Deo Sharan Bhagat, AJSU spokesperson, told reporters here.

He added that the party wanted the state government to work for the welfare of the people.

“But we are not with the state government on the amendment of the land acts and Domicile Policy,” he said.

Raghubar Das-led government last year brought much-awaited Domicile Policy and amended the two land acts — Chhota Nagpur Tenancy Act (CNT) and Santhal Pargana Act (SPT).

“The purpose of creation of the state has not been fulfilled. The aspiration of the people is development not amendment in the land acts,” AJSU President Sudesh Mahto said.

At the convention, the party leaders demanded that 27 per cent reservation be provided in the state to the backwards community. The leaders said that backwards constitute more than 50 % population of the state but they get only 14 per cent reservation.

The AJSU leaders also demanded a special session of the assembly be convened for increasing the reservation quota to backwards communities. They pointed out that some states had increased the total reservation to more than 50 %.

During the discussion, the party leaders said that the CNT-SPT Acts were like a protective cover of the Jharkhandi people and no one could make changes in that.

They said that for implementation of these acts, Bhagwan Birsa Munda and Sido-Kanhu fought with the Britishers, “but the state government was disrespecting these great sons” of Jharkhand.

The AJSU said that the amendments to these acts were against the wishes of the people of the state and their party would always stand for the people.

First Published | 19 March 2017 5:33 PM
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