JMM reluctant on congress’ grand alliance proposal

  • Gautam Mazumdar/HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Ranchi
  • Updated: Oct 31, 2014 13:11 IST

The talks on seat sharing between the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) and congress remained inconclusive on Tuesday. The two parties agreed on contesting the forthcoming assembly polls in alliance, however. The assembly election is likely in the month of November or December.

The leaders of both the parties met in New Delhi to discuss the modalities and submitted their wish list. They exchanged their respective claims (of the assembly seats) region wise and agreed to meet again after the festive season.

The JMM reiterated its claim of 50 assembly seats. The congress along with JMM want to contest 66 seats and leave the remaining 15 seats for the other parties, it is aiming to rope in.

The leaders did not divulge the details of what they submitted, vis-à-vis region wise claims. “It would be too early to discuss the number of seats in public,” said Pradesh congress president Sukhdeo Bhagat who attended the meeting.

Chief minister Hemant Soren, also JMM vice president and AICC secretary in charge of Jharkhand BK Hariprasad were present.

On alliance the leaders of the two parties nodded in affirmatives. Hemant, however, indicated that the JMM would not like to enter into the grand alliance that the congress was aiming at. He told Hariprasad the JMM would not impede the congress’ plan and said they can enter into seat sharing agreement with other parties separately.

The congress is contemplating to carry forward the grand alliance with the RJD and JD (U) in Jharkhand assembly polls. The congress got marginal success in Bihar by joining hands with the RJD and JD (U) in 10 assembly seats that went to by-polls in August.

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