Ranchi: Anti-encroachment drive has not only logjammed the ruling party’s fate but has also put the opposition parties at loggerheads with each other over the issue. Though solidarity was their slogan in the beginning, but as the drive picked momentum after Dhanbad police firing, every party started toeing different ways to placate the masses.  

Initially, Union Minister for Tourism Subodh Kant Sahay raised the issue but failed to get requisite support from his party. Post-Dhanbad police firing incident, the drive gained momentum.

Sensing political mileage, the Left party called for a bandh to support the anti-encroachment drive. Congress, JVM-P and others extended support to the bandh.

But the hunger strike by JVM-P chief Babulal Marandi left other parties way behind. JVM-P also passed an order asking its members to take the anti-encroachment campaign to villages and garner support. JVM-P set the other political parties in action.

Congress, in a haste called for a meeting of its extended working committee where a strategy was formulated to launch an extended campaign against the drive.

Earlier, the Congress had pressurized the Governor to send a report of the police firing during anti-encroachment drive to the Central government. Four people were killed during this firing last month.

Finding no response from the state government, national spokesperson of Congress Shakeel Ahmad is accusing the state government of being involved in the Dhanbad police firing and causing unrest among the people.

In a press conference on Wednesday Ahmed said, “The government has brought ordinance to benefit the builders. It is engaged in politics to divide people. Many of the Congress leaders have been sent to jail because they opposed the government’s approach towards anti-encroachment drive.”