Ranchi: The leaders of every political party including the ruling BJP-JMM in Jharkhand are all set to raise the contentious Land bill along with the sensitive issue of Chotanagpur Tenancy (CNT) Act and the Santhal Pargana Tenancy (SPT) Act in the upcoming Budget Session in the Assembly.

Senior Congress leader Sarfaraz Ahmed suggested Arjun Munda government to discuss the matter with his cabinet colleagues before taking further steps.

“Government’s opinion on this matter is important. It should be explained to the state’s people. People are asking about their move,” he said.

Another Congress MLA Geetashree Oraon said, “We will target the Chief Minister during the question hour in the House. We want an explanation from the Chief Minister.”

The Jharkhand High Court had on Wednesday issued directions to the state government to implement Section 46 of the CNT Act strictly. As per the issued directives, the Schedule Caste and the backward castes in the state will not be able to sell their land without the Deputy Commissioners intervention.

On the other hand, JMM MLAs advocated for a special session ahead of the Budget session to discuss the matter.

“The government should call a cabinet meeting and discuss the matter. A special session should be called ahead of the budget session,” a MLA from JVM said.

JVM's Chandrika Mahato said, “It is a matter of debate.”

However, Uma Shankar Akela of the ruling BJP said that the final decision will be taken by the cabinet.

BJP MLA from Jharia Kunti Singh said, “Leaders should stop politicizing the matter. We are taking effective steps in this regard.”

Meanwhile, supporters of the CNT Act staged a demonstration in Dhanbad, a day after the opponents showed their strength by observing a near-total bandh here. The demonstration was organized by leaders of the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha and the All Jharkhand Students Union, both allies in the Arjun Munda-led government.