*Picture shows Opposition members shout slogans and hold placards during their protest against Governments CNT/SPT Act during first day of Monsoon session at Jharkhand Assembly in Ranchi on Tuesday.

Scores of Adivasis held a meeting across Jharkhand in an attempt to unite against the Raghubar Das government’s move to introduce forcible conversion bill on floor of the monsoon session of the Assembly beginning Wednesday.

The Adivasi dominated villages have become a hot spot for meetings and discussions on the government’s decision taken by the Cabinet headed by the CM Das.The Adivasi groups belonging to both Sarna(non Hindu tribals) and Christian tribals were opposed to the move,it is learnt.

The Kendriya Sarna Samiti and Christian Committees who held a meeting at Ideal Lane in Fatima Nagar in Ranchi have separately resolved to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the International Indigenous day on August 9.The Kendriya Sarna Samiti headed by its president Ajay Tirkey has mobilized Adivasis to march from Zila School ground in Ranchi to Morahabadi maidan on Wednesday.

Even the opposition parties,especially the Congress and the JMM have picked up the forcible conversion bill and amendment of tenancy laws(CNT/SPT) lodged protest against the government inside the premise of the Jharkhand Assembly today.The monsoon session is slayed to end on August 12,2017.

Notably,the Congress which is suffering from intra- party feud and leadership crisis aims to mobilise supporters among Adivasis by organizing first of its kind agitation- block all approach roads to the Assembly as part of their House Gherao agitation.

In any case, opposition parties have also raised three other issues to lodge protest:deterioration in law and order,farmer suicide cases and crime against women.Their leaders were keeping vigil over the Adivasi groups busy observing  10th anniversary of the International Indigenous day.

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Ten years ago, on 13 September 2007, the General Assembly adopted the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, a major milestone with respect to the cooperation and solidarity between indigenous peoples and Member States.

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