A gram sabha was organized in Pochri village of Pokhariya Panchayat, which was attended by hundreds of people against the policies and oppression by the BJP government. The panchayat was also attended by ex-MLA Vinod Kumar Singh in whose presence several people, disillusioned and angered by the BJP’s dictatorship joined the CPI(ML). People of Pochri shared that a gas pipeline was being laid by GAIL in their village in which in an arbitrary way they were being forced to work. They also shared that no party other than the CPI(ML) was standing against these attempts or intervening in the interests of the common people. The present MLA Nagendra Mahto had taken no initiative towards demanding appropriate compensation for the people. They declared that they will only stand with the party that stands for them.