The fledgling alliance between the BJD and the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) is already showing cracks.
Speaking on the progress of seat-sharing talks between the BJD and JMM, whose four legislators had voted for the Orissa government in the floor test, Naveen Patnaik said, “Seat adjustment with the JMM will not take place now. We had asked them to get a public statement from Sibu Soren not to include the three districts of Mayurbhanj, Sundargarh and Keonjhar in their goal to achieve a Greater Jharkhand. No such public statement was issued by Soren and hence, no seat-adjustment will take place now. We will not cede an inch of land to any other state.”
However, in Ranchi, JMM spokesperson Supriyo Bhattacharya said the party will continue to support Patnaik’s BJD, though they will stick to the demand of including three Orissa districts in Greater Jharkhand. “JMM will have no trucks with the BJD in the ensuing Lok Sabha and assembly polls in Orissa and would contest elections independently,” Bhattacharya added.
Sudam Marandi, JMM MP from Mayurbhanj, has already left for Delhi to confer with the party’s central leaders on the next course of action after the seat-sharing talks have failed.