After the rout of four parties’ alliance (Mahagathbandhan) in Lok Sabha elections, the Opposition today presented a united face and announced to expand the alliance by accommodating Left parties to counter BJP in year-end Assembly election in State. The Mahagathbandhan also announced to contest the Assembly election under the leadership of Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) executive president Hemant Soren.
A crucial meeting of Mahagathbandhan partners was held on Wednesday at Soren’s residence and was attended by leader of Congress legislative party in Assembly and Pakur MLA, Alamgir Alam, RJD’s newly appointed State president Abhay Kumar Singh, JVM’s Saroj Singh. The crucial meeting was also attended by representatives of Left parties, which included Marxist Co-ordination Committee (MCC) leader and Nirsa MLA Arup Chatterjee besides representatives from other Left parties. The Left parties, which had kept a distance from Mahagathbandhan in Lok Sabha election, are likely to be the part of Grand Alliance for Assembly election.
The meeting which lasted for more than two hours, JMM executive president and former Chief Minister Hemant Soren said, “The Mahagathbandhan partners are upset with Lok Sabha election results, but we have not lost the hope and we have decided to present a united face in Assembly election.” Soren further said that in 81 Assembly constituencies, 32 seats are represented by Opposition parties which include JMM, Congress, JVM (P), CPI (ML), MCC and others.
In these 32 sitting seats, the Mahagathbandhan will field sitting MLAs or leaders from parties which has MLAs in the respective constituency. In rest 49 seats, the Mahagathbandhan will have to find new candidates. Soren said, “In rest 49 seats the party which is in second or third position is likely to be strong contender for the seat, however, the final decision on seat finalization will be done after discussion and consultations with all Grand Alliance partners.”
The Grand Alliance leaders also decided to have joint campaigning and for this a strategy will be prepared by Grand Alliance constituents. The Grand Alliance partners joining hands assume importance as BJP lead NDA after its thumping victory in Lok Sabha election has set a target of mission 65 plus seats. The NDA in Lok Sabha election won 12 out of 14 seats. Based on Lok Sabha election results, the NDA is likely to win more than 60 seats. The biggest setback for Grand Alliance was that BJP was successful in even breaking Santhal Pargana the traditional bastion of JMM. Shibu Soren the JMM patriarch and eight times MPs from Dumka was also unable to save his seat.
Soren on the occasion also attacked BJP for dragging his name in ‘illegal’ sale/purchase of tribal lands. Soren said, “The BJP with a conspiracy have hatched a plan by dragging my name in sale/purchase of tribal lands. If there is any truth in BJP’s allegation than they should arrest me or my family members.”
Meanwhile, the Grand Alliance leaders claimed that BJP won the Lok Sabha election by spreading rumours about Modi’s Government achievement in first term.