Ranchi: Former Jharkhand Chief Minister and JVM chief Babulal Marandi here on Saturday called off his 156-hour-long fast following the appeal made by his party leaders.

Babulal Marandi, who ended his fast after taking fruit juice by one of the members of a family which had lost its house in the anti-encroachment drive, honored the appeal made by party leaders who held a Jan Adalat that continued for six hours.

Marandi said he accepts the decision of people as they are supreme, He, however, said the agitation against the drive would continue.

The JVM leader said the sacrifice of people killed in the drive will not go in vain and every possible measure will be taken for rehabilitation of the affected people.

Terming the state government as dictator, he said it has failed to take care of common people. The government is demolishing the houses of people instead of rehabilitating them, he added.

The BJP, however, termed the Jan Adalat organized to persuade the JVM chief to end his fast as a flop show. The party’s state chief, Dr Dineshanand Goswami, said people have refused to acknowledge Marandi’s protest.

He said the government has already been working on the issues raised by the JVM, and has brought a rehabilitation policy for poor through an ordinance.

JPN/Bureau