The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is likely to change its go-it-alone stand in Jharkhand and ally with the AJSU Party before elections as it doesn’t have winnable candidates for all the 81 seats, according to party insiders here.
AJSU Party has had four alliances with the party in the BJP-led coalition governments in the state since 2000. However, it will be the first pre-poll alliance between them this time, if at all it happens, political observers say.
As of now, both the parties haven’t sealed any deal, but BJP insiders indicate a big brother deal—with the BJP fighting from 71 and AJSU Party from 10 out of 81 assembly seats.
Interestingly, the BJP had rejected AJSU Party’s move for an alliance during the Lok Sabha elections and won 12 out of 14 seats. But, now the situation is different, admit party sources, who want the party to keep the Maharashtra and Haryana-like confidence in Jharkhand too, as far as victory is concerned.
National vice-president of the AJSU Party, Deosharan Bhagat, admits that an alliance with the BJP is possible. But, he says, nothing has been officially discussed as yet. Party chief Sudesh Mahato sounds equally optimistic but keeps it vague with a one-liner “something good is on the cards.”
Political analysts cite one more strong reason for the possible alliance. They say the BJP wouldn’t like to be in a position where it finds itself short-numbered and looking for a post-poll alliance to form the government in Jharkhand--- where it faces UPA-appointed governor. The first priority for the party is to win at least 42 seats. And for that it will have to depend on a like-minded pre-poll ally, they say.
Political analyst VP Sharan says, “However, the alliance would be possible only if AJSU does not press for a hard bargain.”
Others feel AJSU Party becomes an obvious choice for alliance as Babulal Marandi’s Jharkhand Vikas Morcha-Prajatantrik (JVM-P) has lost the bargain after seven out of its 11 legislators joined the BJP.