Even as the rift between two parties of the ruling coalition-BJP and JMM-over sharing of power in the ratio of 28:28 months remains un settled,another dispute between them seems brewing.

This time it’s about the “Sthaniye Neeti”(Local policy).The JMM has come up with a demand that the state government must adopt a policy envisaging to make the Khatiyan- Records of Rights-of 1932 as the cut off date of candidate’s domicile mandatory for his/her appointment in the state government and its bodies.

JMM leader and Deputy CM Hemant Soren wants the state government led by chief minister Arjun Munda to notify it at the earliest.His move was backed by a number of tribal outfits and the Roman Catholic and Protestant Church in Jharkhand.

”If this policy is not followed,the indigenous people will never get their due and the outsiders will continue to grab the jobs”,said Dinkar Manjhi,a JMM worker.

Incidentally,their controversial stand reminds violence of 2001 when the same issue had polarized Jharkhand and led to unrest between the tribals and non tribals,causing death to atleast six persons in Ranchi and its adjoining areas in Jharkhand.

Aware of it,Munda,his party BJP and their ally (JDU) were not ready to accept it.”We will not buckle under any pressure and do what is in the best interest of the state and its all sections of the people”,said Dinkar Singh,a BJP worker.

Similarly,JD(U)’s Anuj Kumar put forth an alternative.If the local policy has to be adopted for appointment,the cut off date of domicile be November 15,2000 when this state was created.”Every body born in this state after 2000 – the year of Jharkhand’s creation –  be considered as the date of domicile for the candidate and his employment”,said Kumar.

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