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Lok Sabh Elections 2019: Announcement of grand alliance seat deal for Jharkhand only after Holi

Hemant Soren, Babulal Marandi meets Rahul Gandhi in Delhi on Saturday. The decision was taken on Saturday following two separate meetings of congress president Rahul Gandhi with JMM working president Hemant Soren and JVM (P) chief Babulal Marandi in Delhi.

lok sabha elections Updated: Mar 17, 2019 08:51 IST
Gautam Mazumdar
Gautam Mazumdar
Hindustan Times, Ranchi
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CPI leader D Raja had called on Hemant in Delhi and expressed party’s willingness to contest the Hazaribag Lok Sabha seat(Diwakar Prasad/ Hindustan Times)

The Lok Sabha seats to be contested by the parties in the opposition grand alliance in Jharkhand and the name of the candidates will be announced after Holi.

The decision was taken on Saturday following two separate meetings of congress president Rahul Gandhi with JMM working president Hemant Soren and JVM (P) chief Babulal Marandi in Delhi.

“The contours of grand alliance of the opposition parties of Jharkhand has been drawn, the announcement of seats will be made after Holi,” said Hemant, flanked by congress’ state in-charge RPN Singh after the meeting with AICC chief Rahul Gandhi even though there were differences over inclusion of the Left in the alliance and JMM’s willingness to contest the fifth seat.

Yesterday, CPI leader D Raja had called on Hemant in Delhi and expressed party’s willingness to contest the Hazaribag Lok Sabha seat. Hemant had told Raja that the inclusion of the Left would benefit the alliance and suggested that for that the Left has to its willingness to contest from Koderma.

As per indication, the Koderma and Godda have been allotted to JVM (P). The JMM wants to contest the Giridih, Jamshedpur and Singhbhum seats too apart from the seating seats - Dumka and Rajmahal.

The RJD has been allotted the Chatra seat but the party was willing to contest from Palamu as well that is in congress’ kitty. The congress has staked claim from Ranchi, Khunti, Lohardaga, Singhbhum, Hazaribag, Dhanbad and Palamu but may part with one seat - Singhbhum or Khunti in favour of the JMM.

RPN Singh said the meeting was productive and the announcement of seats would be made from Ranchi in presence of JMM president Sibu Soren.

The leaders said points of discords has been resolved and the ambiguity over a few Lok Sabha seats would be a things of the past once the announcement regarding which party to contest which seats are formally announced.

JVM (P) president Babulal Marandi too apprised a few party leaders about the meeting with Rahul. He said it was fruitful and asked the leaders to pull up socks, hinting that the names will be announced after Holi.

First Published: Mar 17, 2019 08:51 IST