Congress may go it alone in Jharkhand

  • Gautam Mazumdar, Hindustan Times, Ranchi
  • Updated: Oct 28, 2014 00:15 IST

The Congress working committee in Jharkhand on Monday resolved to contest next month’s assembly elections alone if its ally, the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM), did not accept its formula for seat-sharing.

The two parties are yet to reach a consensus on the four seats of Pakur, Jamtara, Ghatshila and Chaibasa in Santhal and Kolhan regions, said Congress spokesperson Kishore Shahdeo. The Congress’ latest stand is seen more as posturing to put pressure on the JMM rather than a serious threat to dissolve their alliance, political analysts said.

A total of 13 seats in Jharkhand will go to polls on November 25 in the first of five phases of voting.

State Congress president Sukhdeo Bhagat, along with AICC general secretary in charge of Jharkhand, BK Hariprasad, will meet party president Sonia Gandhi in Delhi on October 29. A formal decision on the alliance is expected after that.

The Congress had earlier called for a grand alliance with the JMM, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and Janata Dal (U) to take on a resurgent Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the state.

JMM spokesperson Supriyo Bhattacharya said the party had submitted to the Congress a list of 50 seats it wanted to contest. He, however, hinted that the JMM might forego claims on a few seats.

RJD state president Girinath Singh said the party was keen on an alliance but stuck to its demand for 25 assembly seats.

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