The Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (Prajatantrik) moved a step ahead in merger with BJP as the party headed by Babulal Marandi constituted new working committee leaving two other elected MLAs (Pradeep Yadav and Bandhu Tirkey) without any important posts.
Both Yadav and Tirkey found place in 151 member working committee, but they have been not assigned any important post such as vice presidents, principal general secretary or general secretaries. In the last dissolved working committee Pradeep Yadav the Poreyahat MLA was principal general secretary.
Sources said that by not assigning any important posts to Pradeep Yadav and Tirkey, the JVM leader Babulal Marandi has moved a step ahead in merger of party with BJP. Yadav, not being assigned any important posts indicates growing differences between him and party chief Babulal Marandi. Both Pradeep Yadav and Babulal Marandi had RSS background spreading RSS and BJP ideals in Santhal Pargana. In 2000 when the separate State was carved out of Bihar with Babulal Marandi becoming first chief minister, Yadav was in Marandi’s Cabinet. Yadav, who has been representing Poreyahat for around two decades left BJP in 2006 when Marandi formed his own party JVM (P).
Sources said that in JVM Marandi takes most of decisions in consultation with Yadav. However, this time severe differences have cropped out between them over merging JVM with BJP. Yadav is against the ideas of merging JVM with BJP and had asked Marandi to be with Grand Alliance supporting Hemant Soren government from outside.
Meanwhile, other JVM MLA Bandhu Tirkey has opposed the merger of JVM with BJP. Tirkey said, “JVM merger with BJP is big setback for party. We had contested the election against BJP and now becoming part of BJP is against the people’s mandate.”
Tirkey the MLA from Mandar said that by not assigning any important post to him and Pradeep Yadav, Babulal Marandi has strengthened such type of rumour that JVM is in talks with BJP.
Tirkey said, I will talk to Pradeep Yadav and will reveal future course of action soon.” Meanwhile, sources said that with the constitution of new working committee Marandi’s next strategy will be merger of JVM with BJP.
Sources said that it will be win-win situation for both BJP and Marandi, as after the Assembly election debacle, BJP has been looking for a tribal face in Jharkhand with an appeal in Santhal region. Sources said that for Marandi too it will be rehabilitation for him as despite all efforts his party managed to win only three seats.
The JVM (P) in the just concluded Assembly election won Dhanwar, Poraiyahat and Mandar seats, but in later two seats personnel charisma of candidate was more important than the party which they belong.