Former Jharkhand chief minister and Jharkhand Vikas Morcha president Babulal Marandi says he will raise the issue of state BJP chief Tala Marandi’s son’s alleged marriage to a minor during the Monsoon Session of Parliament. He added that he will see how his party can collaborate with others to oppose the BJP on this issue.
On June 30, Newsd reported that Tala Marandi’s son Munna Marandi has allegedly wed an 11-year old minor girl. The wedding took place in Godda, Jharkhand, on June 27. Newsd published documents to prove the girl is underage.
Babulal Marandi told Newsd, “It’s a travesty of the Constitution. The very same Constitution BJP said was its holy book. If BJP has a problem with the constitution why don’t they amend it?” He added that the ceremony was attended by many BJP leaders.
“People were looking up to the Modi government and the BJP as a whole to provide a good government but they have failed the people,” Babulal said. He was earlier a member of the BJP party, but quit in mid-2006 after feeling sidelined. He went on to form the Jharkhand Vikas Morcha. An FIR has still not been lodged despite media reports and political backlash.
The Congress is demanding the resignation of the state BJP president. Many leaders have come out to question its stance on ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padao’ if its leaders are not practicing the same.
District Congress president Deepika Pandey Singh has filed a complaint with the Jharkhand women’s commission, requesting them to intervene. She tells Newsd, “This shows how the state government is trying to protect the BJP president.” According to Singh, Jharkhand chief minister Raghubar Das was to attend Munna’s reception, which was held on Wednesday, 29th June, but cancelled at the last minute.
Munna has separately been accused of molesting a girl, and attempting to marry a second minor.