Deadlock between Grand Alliance partners over seat sharing formula is likely to end soon as Congress and Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM), the important partners are to sit once again after Dusshera with an attempt to give final shape to alliance.
Sources said that senior leaders from both the alliance partners will sit and discuss on seat sharing formula.
The senior leaders of both the parties once again sitting for talks assumes importance as Congress State in-charge R.P.N Singh had already stated that the alliance is more important than seats. Singh had said, “The main focus of Congress and JMM is to dethrone Raghubar Das Government from State, seats doesn’t matter much.”
Singh last week during his visit to State Capital for celebrating the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi in Ranchi had met JMM executive president and former Chief Minister Hemant Soren.
Singh accompanied by senior leaders of Congress including State Congress president Rameshwar Oraon, Congress legislative party leader and Pakur MLA Alamgir Alam and other had an hour long discussion with JMM leadership.
Sources in Congress said that, the Congress leadership has agreed in the principle that JMM will play the role of big brother which means that JMM will contest more seats than other alliance partners.
In the last Lok Sabha elections, Congress had contested more seats than other alliance partners. In Lok Sabha election the formula was 7:4:2:1--Congress contesting seven seats, JMM four seats, JVM two and RJD one seat.
Sources said that this time in Assembly election the formula will be different, with JMM playing the role of big brother, followed Congress than JVM and RJD.
The Grand Alliance leaders have also indicated that this time effort is also to bring Left parties in Mahagathbandhan fold. The JMM has nineteen MLAs, Congress eight, JVM two, while RJD has no seats. The Left parties, which includes (MCC and CPI(ML)) has two MLAs. A senior JMM leader requesting anonymity said, “Congress and JMM have agreed to be part of alliance the only contention is number of seats which parties will contest.”
However, the JMM leader claimed that party has already staked claim on it sitting legislators. The JMM has also demanded those seats in their kitty where its candidates were runner-up.
However, sources said that there are half a dozen such seats where JMM and Congress are claimants. Some of seats where both the parties are claimant are Sisai, Gumla, Rajmahal, Ghatshila and Madhupur among others.