With 26.3% tribal population, tribal votes have the power to conclude the winner in Jharkhand Assambly Elections 2019.Bjp and the JMM- Congress-allies with there eye on tribal votes, campaigned in a big way to lure them. But what really is the inside story?
This article puts insights into, what all happened in the tenure of raghubar das on tribal count? Where tribal happy with state government schemes? Where tribal happy with central government schemes?
The incumbent CM Raghubar Das in his tenure tried to amend tenancy (Chotanagpur Tenancy and Santhal Tenancy) acts that tried to slender tribal interests. There are many (tribal cases on deviation from tribal acts) cases piled in courts against raghubar das government (example Mansa Ram Manjhi vs The State Of Jharkhand on 1 April 2019). The unfettered anger of tribal’s against the incumbent government is in two counts, one he, being a non-tribal don’t appeal to the tribal community. Second, tribal view him has a person diluting laws to narrow their interests. Government is infamous among the tribals for suppressing ‘Patthalgadi’ movements of tribals.’ Patthalgadi’ in which tribals don’t allow administrative officers to enter their territory and declaring gram sabha has sovereign. Which was brutally suppressed by the incumbent government. Slow implementation of the forest right act is also a cause for dissatisfaction among tribals. Overall CM Raghubar Das eventful tenure filled with untold stories of tribal struggle.
With Jharkhand becoming a state in 2000. In these years of volatility(2000-2014), only a staunch thing was the CM’s choice.Every government formed between (2000-2014) made a tribal has its CM.Gravity to lure tribal’s, to rule the state is seen by all.In 2014, BJP became the first government deviating from the tradition by placing an OBC at the helm of affairs.
Tribals schemes by state government faced a monumental opposition by the community. The modernization drive of state government was opposed by the tribal community. The schemes did not appease the tribal community.
The Central BJP government is more popular, compared to state government. It is said demonetization went well with Jharkhand people. With its last-minute appeasement, The PM launched 462 Eklavya Model Residential Schools program in September. The central government and its schemes are more popular compared with the state.
Finally, I conclude, Jharkhand’s tribal vote mainly depends on the central government’s acceptance among tribal’s.State Government is a complete failure on the tribal count. if Opposition could have been even more aggressive, it could have exploited this weakness even better. I feel the way tribal votes, will decide Jharkhand elections 2019.