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Ever since the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha voted for Draupadi Murmu during the presidential race, while its ally Congress in the state voted against her, party leaders have been talking of a possible breakup of the alliance.

Many eyebrows were raised when Chief Minister Hemant Soren met Union Home Minister Amit Shah in late June. Soon after, Soren’s party JMM announced its help for Murmu. Political developments in Jharkhand are keeping the leaders on their toes. During this political turmoil, News18.com spoke to Union Tribal Affairs Minister Arjun Munda on the likely political situation in his state of Jharkhand and the importance of a tribal man becoming the President. Edited excerpt:

JMM’s social media handle has been used to use the Chief Minister’s picture and ask ‘If not Soren then who?’ There are reports of coming out in support of. What do you make of this?

I am not able to analyze any political reform in Jharkhand right now. Although I can say that the state needs to be administered successfully. The state government should give the benefits of the schemes to the people for whom they are made and the political situation in the state remains peaceful. The kind of political news we are getting has raised questions about the situation in the state. The state was not made for all this. It was created to fulfill the aspirations of the people and respect the needs of the people and turn them into reality.

Was it compulsion or was it because of BJP’s political acumen that JMM supported the NDA’s presidential candidate?

The vote for president was neither. We tried to rise above the politics of opportunity for everyone. Still, the idea involved is when we are talking about problems with tribals, and who can we help if we are not supporting a tribal woman for such a good post in the country? It was a dilemma for JMM and there is no doubt about it.

Do you believe that Congress’s decision not to help a tribal woman for the presidency will affect her prospects in Jharkhand?

As far as my data is concerned, many people including Congress have voted in favor of Murmu’s candidature in Jharkhand. It would have been better for the Congress to help Murmu and send a message to the country that in the seventy-five years of independence, together we are engaged in uplifting the lives of those who have been left behind. We are working to strengthen the country. There are many instances when the country has been divided into castes and communities for years. Communal violence was encouraged and incited. The decisions that are being taken by the Modi government today are aimed at uplifting the lives of those people who have been careless for years. We have made constitutional provisions to ensure that they are at par with others. No one considered installing anyone from these communities on constitutional posts.

Draupadi Murmu takes oath as the President How important is it to the neighbourhood?

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called the decision of making a tribal woman the President as the second watershed in the history of the country. Tribal communities reside in places where living is not easy and now we are working to uplift their lives during Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav. Not only the tribals, but the whole country is happy with President Draupadi Murmu. People have voted for him rising above the politics of opportunity.

How far-reaching is Murmu’s message as President among tribal communities?

Tribal communities all over the country are celebrating the victory of Madam President Draupadi Murmu.

The opposition had tagged you as a celebration of the upper castes. Do you believe that having communities that have been neglected for years in constitutional positions is an attempt to change that perception?

The BJP government has got a tremendous mandate and it is possible because every community and class has voted for us. The opposition has an imaginative and visionary and therefore cannot even imagine beyond a limit. It is imaginative and visionary in the blink of an eye that compels them to attack us without any motive.

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