Jamshedpur, Dec 25: The JMM observed slain leader Nirmal Mahto’s 71st birth anniversary on Saturday. Floral tribute was paid to the statue of the departed leader, who was gunned down in 1987 in front of the Chamaria guest house at Bistupur area here.
Various functions were organised across the city where senior leaders of JMM paid homage to their leader Mahto. A prayer meeting was organised near Nirmal Mahto’s memorial at Uliyan in Kadma. After the prayer meeting, JMM supporters accompanied by their leaders paid floral tributes to Mahto at his bust situated near Tata Steel’s guest house in Bistupur.
Transport minister Champai Soren, Health Minister Banna Gupta, Ramdas Soren, Jamshedpur MP Bidhyut Baran Mahto, former Jamshedpur MP Suman Mahto, and several supporters were present on the occasion.
Addressing the gathering of the supporters at Kadma Soren said, “The need of the hour is to work genuinely for the development of the state as Nirmal Da laid his life for the creation of a separate state to make tribals of this region earn livelihood with dignity.”
He said that even though, our fight for Greater Jharkhand would continue to bring all of the tribals and moolvasis of Odisha to one state i.e. Jharkhand but current circumstances demands action to improve the living condition of the presiding tribals and moolvasis of the state, he added.
The gathering this year was relatively high with people from Odisha and West Bengal coming in huge numbers, a first of its kind in recent years, while party members from districts like Dumka, Sahebjang and Pakur too, have turned up in impressive strenght.
Meanwhile, JMM leaders maintained that with the increase in the reach of Nirmal Da’s ideology amongst the party workers of neighbouring states particulary, West Bengal and Odisha their turnout has increased over the years.