Jharkhand Disom Party holds tribal rally to promote political awareness
The Jharkhand Disom Party (JDP) in West Bengal's Purulia District organised a tribal rally to promote political awareness.
About 2000 tribals took part in the event in the Maoist-infested district.
JDP leader Salkhan Murmu told media that the tribals are not politically aware, and therefore, it was the party's objective to make them aware about their rights.
"We know that the Jharkhand Disom Party will come in power in the state. We have called upon the Maoists to come out of the forests and help our party to come in power and we have also offered them to give 50 percent of our party tickets to contest elections," he said.
Jharkhand, which is Maoist hotbed, is ruled by a coalition of India's main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party and regional Jharkhand Mukti Morcha.
Maoists have also significantly increased their presence in tribal and rural regions in Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal and Odisha.
The Maoists say they are fighting for the rights of millions of landless labourers and marginal farmers.
However, the government has termed them to be India's main internal security threat and an obstacle to higher growth and more jobs in Asia's third-largest economy.
Hundreds die annually in the conflict, although levels of violence have fallen in recent years.