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Congress tries to woo Marandi amid jitters in mahagathbandhan camp, Left may dump alliance


Ranchi/Hazaribag: Senior Congress chief Subodh Kant Sahay on Friday held a closed-door assembly with JVM-P chief Babulal Marandi, who has made public his unhappiness over the seat-sharing formulation labored out between Rahul Gandhi and JMM working president Hemant Soren for the proposed ‘mahagathbandhan’ of opposition parties in Jharkhand. Marandi is unhappy over being presented just two Lok Sabha seats and indicated that he may just even stroll out of the alliance if his demands aren't met.
Soren had met Rahul at his place of dwelling in Delhi on Thursday and then Congress and JMM had announced that the “framework” of the ‘mahagathbandhan’ were ready. Though the number of seats each parties would contest used to be now not disclosed officially, Congress assets said out of 14 Lok Sabha seats, their celebration would contest seven, leaving four for JMM, two for JVM-P and one for Lalu Prasad’s RJD.

However, Marandi had expressed his displeasure at this formulation on Thursday. “Seats should be divided on the basis of the respective energy of the parties. We call for Koderma, Chatra and Giridih parliamentary seats.” he said.

On Friday, he reportedly told Sahay that he would take a decision on whether or not to remain within the alliance after speaking to his celebration colleagues.

Disagreements may also be solved simplest thru discussion. They (Congress leaders) called me final evening and this morning as smartly. Let’s see what occurs,” Marandi told NewsTread after the assembly.

Sahay admitted that there are issues about one or two seats, “which shall be resolved soon.

Reports said RJD, too, isn't happy with the mahagathbandhan for now not being allotted Palamu. RJD state president Annapurna Devi said, “We can't depart Palamu at any cost as a result of we have now a robust base there.”


With no seat earmarked for them, Left parties, too, looked to be preparing to go it alone within the elections. CPI state general secretary, Bhuvaneshwar Prasad Mehta, told media persons in Hazaribag: “If the mahagathbandhan ignores us, we will be able to cross solo.” CPI reportedly wants Hazaribag where it has a vital presence.


CPI-ML, which used to be also within the discussions, is rooting for the Koderma seat. “We will contest from Koderma in any respect cost,” its Rajdhanwar MLA Rajkumar Yadav said.


On January 19, Congress, JMM, JVM-P, RJD and Left parties had agreed to together fight towards NDA on this 12 months’s Lok Sabha and assembly elections within the state.




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