Ranchi: The ongoing anti-encroachment drive in compliance with the Jharkhand High Court has left the state government in a Catch-22 situation. On the receiving end from all quarters, Arjun Munda government has decided to bring an ordinance to avoid any further humiliation.

The urgency being displayed by the state government to tackle the issue appears to be an outcome of the statewide bandh called by the Opposition parties on May 2.

United in their campaign against the state government, the Opposition parties including Congress, Left parties, JVM and RJD have joined hands to hold a statewide closure on coming Monday.

To regularize the illegal occupancies and buildings constructed without map approval, the Jharkhand government will introduce the ordinance in the state cabinet. Chief Minister Arjun Munda held a meeting with the head of Coordination Committee Shibu Soren and other ministers on Friday to discuss the Ordinance and the rehabilitation policy.

The CM has given his nod to the draft of Ordinance and the rehabilitation policy is likely to be presented before the state cabinet in a special session on Saturday, said the sources.

Munda told the reporters that in addition to restoring normalcy the state government wants development of Jharkhand. He added, “The anti-encroachment drive should not be made a political issue, and I will soon discuss the matter with Shibu Soren.

Defending his party, BJP national president, Nitin Gadkari said, “The anti-encroachment drive is being carried out in compliance with High Court orders, and the Munda government is one of the best in the country.” He alleged Congress of making efforts to take political mileage of the issue. 

On the other hand, Congress leader and the state in-charge Shakil Ahmad countering the attack said, “Munda government has failed to control the law and order situation in the state.” He asserted that under the cover of anti-encroachment drive, firing incidents were reported at two locations.

“BJP leaders themselves promote violence, and thereafter try to win public sympathy by holding protests over the issue,” he added.

From May 1, former CM Babulal Marandi will sit on a fast unto death protest in Morhabadi area of Ranchi. Requesting the intervention of President in the issue, he said the Munda government is depriving the common man of a shelter.

JPN/Bureau