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Cong unwilling to give up Godda LS seat for grand alliance partner JVM-P


Ranchi: The Congress, which is lately having a tug-of-war with the Jharkhand Vikas Morcha – Prajatantrik (JVM-P) for rights to box candidate in the Godda parliamentary seat in the opposition mahagathbandhan, stares at a depleting footprint in Santhal Pargana area, if it loses the combat.
Party insiders said if they eventually yield Godda to JVM-P, the grand outdated celebration will haven't any presence in the tribal bastion, which plays a key role in the electoral politics of the state. When it parted techniques with the JMM simply ahead of the 2014 state assembly polls, Congress drew energy from its tribal enhance and defeated the Shibu Soren-led group to clinch 3 out of 18 assembly seats in Santhal Pargana.

“Those 3 seats — Pakur, Jarmundi and Jamtara — all had sitting JMM legislators then. This itself showed how Congress improved on its organisational framework and received over the people,” a senior Congress chief in Ranchi said. “It is probably not proper to give up Godda because we've got a robust base there and if we give up, Congress is not going to have any stake in Santhal Pargana,” he added. Of the three MP seats in Santhal, the remaining Dumka and Rajmahal can be in JMM’s kitty in the alliance due to their sitting MPs Shibu Soren and Vijay Kumar Hansdak.

While Congress targets to box its veteran Furkan Ansari from Godda, JVM-P has demanded the seat to box its normal secretary Pradeep Yadav, who was once on the fore-front of the anti-land acquisition agitation for the Adani Group’s proposed thermal energy challenge.


Meanwhile, Congress has turned its attention in opposition to Santhal Pargana in the build-up to this yr’s polls. Senior leaders will dangle a public meeting in Deoghar on February 13 to whip up enhance. But for the state management, led via state president Ajoy Kumar, Jharkhand in-charge RPN Singh and his deputy Umang Singhar, it is going to be a tricky ask to stay the morale of celebration staff high amid the continuing uncertainty of the seat.


“The Deoghar rally, which comes beneath Godda parliamentary phase, will come as a morale booster for our functionaries in Santhal Pargana. We are very a lot hopeful that little hitches can be taken care of and mahagatbandhan will go to polls as a crew,” state Congress spokesperson Lal Kishore Shahdeo said.


All eyes can be on Kumar, Singhar and Singh once they arrive in Ranchi on Tuesday ahead of the Deoghar rally. Though telephonic discussions are underway, the trio is likely to meet JVM-P Babulal Marandi so that you can pacify him.




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