Turncoats are having a field day in poll-bound Jharkhand with both the ruling JMM and challenger BJP rewarding leaders who changed sides, offering them candidature in the forthcoming assembly elections.
The first lists announced by the JMM and BJP on Sunday include at least half-a-dozen sitting MLAs and several former legislators who have changed sides in the recent past.
The state will go to polls in five phases starting November 25. Counting of votes will be taken up on December 23.
BJP spokesperson Pradeep Sinha said a few turncoats have been preferred after assessing their winning chances and their ability to assuage disgruntled party workers.
He also claimed that the Modi wave “is on” and will show results when campaign begins.
The BJP has given tickets to three JVM (P) MLAs out of the seven who joined the party after the general elections.
Two former ministers in the Hemant Soren cabinet Hemlal Murmu and Simon Marandi -- who had quit the JMM and joined the saffron brigade recently -- have also been preferred over party aspirants from Barhet and Litipara respectively.
Interestingly, the BJP roped in sitting congress MLA from Bhawnathpur Anant Pratap Deo and given him ticket to contest the polls. Deo’s name was cleared by the AICC for Bhawnathpur on Saturday