JD (U) to dispute the 81 seats in Jharkhand, summons meeting of its leaders in Ranchi on November 7 to finalize candidates

PATNA: Hours after the Electoral Commission announced the schedule, Bihar's JD (U) ruling on Friday reiterated that he would compete from the 81 seats against the BJP, despite being his ally.

The Nitish Kumar-led party also decided to convene a meeting of its main leaders in Ranchi on November 7 to discuss voting strategies and finalize candidates for different constituencies.

“JD (U) will compete from the 81 seats in Jharkhand alone without forming an alliance with any of the parties. Although we have an alliance with the BJP in Bihar, we have decided to go alone in Jharkhand and present our candidates against the BJP and its ally: the All Jharkhand Student Union (AJSU), the head of JD (U) Jharkhand and the minister of Bihar's social welfare, Ram Sewak Singh, told TOI on Friday.

He said all senior JD (U) leaders from all over Jharkhand would meet in Ranchi on November 7 and finalize the survey strategies.

“All probable candidates have also been asked to attend the November 7 meeting. The party will make some crucial decisions at the meeting, JD (U) co-head for Jharkhand Arun Singh told TOI.

However, another senior leader, who did not want to be identified, revealed that the senior management of JD (U) had already finalized the candidates for certain seats. The name of the candidates for the first three phases will be announced on November 7.

Earlier on September 7, the head of JD (U) and the Prime Minister of Bihar Nitish Kumar He had played the bugle for assembly surveys in Jharkhand when addressing a meeting of party workers in the Dibdih area in Ranchi.

JD (U) ’s Jharkhand unit president and former MP Salkhan Murmu, who is currently in Delhi, said his party would seek votes in Jharkhand citing Nitish Kumar’s development model in Bihar.

Murmu said the JD (U) has already passed a political resolution that demands an increase in reserves for different communities in Jharkhand. We will seek votes to increase the share of different communities, he said.

In a political resolution passed at its state-level workers' meeting held in the presence of its national president Nitish Kumar in Ranchi on September 7 this year, the JD (U) demanded 32% quota of Scheduled Tribes (ST), 14% for Scheduled Caste (SC), 27% for Other Backward Classes (OBCs) and 10% for Economically weaker section (EWS) among the unreserved category in the jobs of Jharkhand government.

The Jharkhand government currently provides a 26% quota to ST, 10% to SC, 14% to OBC and 10% to EWS, a total of 60% to different communities.

According to the political resolution of JD (U), the party wants to increase the share of ST to 32% of the existing 26% (an increase of 6%); the share of SC to 14% of the existing 10% (increase of 4%) and the share of OBC to 27% of the existing 14% (increase of 13%).