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UPA allies to contest in Jharkhand together: Lalu

After entering into a seat sharing arrangement in Bihar, RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav has said that the UPA allies will contest on similar lines in Jharkhand as well even as sharp differences among stakeholders - RJD, Congress, JMM and LJP - are yet to be sorted out.

india Updated: Mar 19, 2009 01:30 IST

After entering into a seat sharing arrangement in Bihar, RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav has said that the UPA allies will contest on similar lines in Jharkhand as well even as sharp differences among stakeholders - RJD, Congress, JMM and LJP - are yet to be sorted out.

"We will contest jointly even in Jharkhand..." Prasad told reporters in New Delhi on Tuesday. The RJD chief's statement notwithstanding, the allies are still far from reconciling a number of issues.

The JMM's chief whip and party MP Teklal Mahto has claimed that under a "sitting getting" and "no friendly fight" formula seat sharing had been finalised among the UPA allies for the 14 Lok Sabha seats in Jharkhand under which Congress would get six seats, five would go to JMM and RJD would be left with three with no seats being given to LJP as it had no presence in the state after the 2004 elections.

But, LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan has said "We have first zeroed in on six seats in Jharkhand to contest where we have good presence. The party will, however, contest on all 14 seats and will announce its candidates phase wise."

The seat sharing arrangement was also rejected by former Chief Minister Shibu Soren's son Durga Soren who said no UPA alliance is possible in Jharkhand unless his father or another JMM MLA was given chief ministership of the state.