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Hemant Soren in Delhi to seal grand alliance seats

There are 14 Lok Sabha seats in Jharkhand out of which 12 are being represented by the BJP. The JMM has two MPs.

lok sabha elections Updated: Mar 15, 2019 09:20 IST
Gautam Mazumdar
Gautam Mazumdar
Hindustan Times, Ranchi
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Former chief minister Hemant Soren(Diwakar Prasad/ Hindustan Times)

JMM working president Hemant Soren left for Delhi on Thursday to discuss poll matters with apex congress leaders and to give final shape regarding seat sharing among the alliance partners of the opposition parties - JMM, congress, JVM (P) and RJD.

Senior RJD leaders from Bihar will also meet the congress leaders. It was not known whether they will meet separately. The meetings will take place on March 15 and March 16. Congress president Rahul Gandhi is also likely to attend.

The opposition parties have entered into pre-poll alliance to contest the 14 Lok Sabha seats of Jharkhand and the waiting for the final announcement regarding which seats to be contested by the respective parties and announcement of candidates thereon.

There are 14 Lok Sabha seats in Jharkhand out of which 12 are being represented by the BJP. The JMM has two MPs.

The parties have already seat sharing formula and it was decided that congress will have the largest share of seven even though it agreed to contest the general election under JMM leadership in Jharkhand followed by JMM (four), JVM (two) and RJD (one).

The seats too were identified and the congress earmarked Ranchi, Khunti, Lohardaga, Godda, Hazaribag and Dhanbad for self besides one of the two from Singhbhum and Jamshedpur.

The JMM got Dumka and Rajmahal as it being represented by the regional party along with Giridih besides one of the two between Singhbhum and Jamshedpur.

The JVM (P) was allotted Koderma and Palamu and RJD the Chatra Lok Sabha seat.

However, things remained foggy as the JVM (P) chief Babulal Marandi claimed Godda and even offered to relinquish the Koderma seat, which he had represented in the past. Congress wanted to field a minority candidate and former MP Furqan Ansari’s name was in the forefront.

The RJD too bugled for the second seat and expressed willingness to contest from Palamu. The matter is under consideration and will depend on the winnability of the RJD and congress. The congress is in favour of fielding former DGP Rajiv Kumar from Palamu.

Differences cropped up within the JMM as well over contesting from Jamshedpur and leaving its claim from Singhbhum to congress which is eager to field Geeta Koda, wife of former chief minister Madhu Koda.

A section of JMM workers even met Hemant and pressed him to contest the Singhbhum Lok Sabha seat. The JMM has representation from five out of the six assembly segments of the parliamentary constituency. Geeta Koda represents from Manoharpur, the sixth assembly segment of Singhbhum Lok Sabha.

Hemant confirmed that a delegation led by party legislators of West SInghbhum district had met him in this regard. He, however, said, “Elections are contested in alliance seeing future gains.”

First Published: Mar 15, 2019 09:20 IST