Ranchi: Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (JVM) supremo Babulal Marandi, who is on an indefinite hunger strike since last Sunday demanding rehabilitation of those displaced by the ongoing anti-encroachment drive in the state, refused to take any medical assistance on Monday.

He returned the medical team saying “the government which does not care for the poor need not care for him as well”.

“I am on fast for the poor and would die fighting for them,” Marandi said. Several political parties including Congress have extended support to Marandi.

Speaking to reporters, JVM legislative party leader Pradip Yadav said the party has submitted a list of their demands to the Prime Minister,Governor,Chief Minister, and Chief Secretary even before the state cabinet’s meeting held on Friday.

“About 17 lakh people have been displaced due to various projects in the state, but not even 5 per cent of them have received any compensation, alternate housing or jobs,” Yadav added.

The JVM leader suggested that the government should convene a special session of the state assembly and constitute a Rehabilitation and Development Commission to weed out the problem of encroachment from roots.

JPN/Bureau