Jamshedpur: Members of various Mandal units of Bharatiya Janata Party took out Prabhat Pheri in their respective areas on the occasion of Jharkhand�s statehood day anniversary on Wednesday. Party leaders and members also expressed gratitude to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee for giving separate state status to Jharkhand. Addressing party workers, the BJP president said the former PM had gifted the state of Jharkhand to its people. The separate state of Jharkhand was formed during the NDA regime, he said.
Kumar said the former Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav had said that a separate state of Jharkhand would be formed over his dead body. Despite many hurdles, the former PM had given approval to the demand for a separate state of Jharkhand.
Lashing out opposition parties, Kumar said the JMM and Congress were the root cause of poverty and unemployment in the state. He said the JVM was also speaking in the same tune ahead of elections. �None of these parties did anything for the state�s development. All they did was to loot Jharkhand of its natural resources,� he said.