Congress says it will try to convince Babulal Marandi to stay in Mahagathbandhan

RANCHI: One day after Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (Prajatantrik) announced that he would contest the assembly elections for himself, Congress said Monday that he will try to convince the president of JVM-P Babulal Marandi to continue with him.

However, Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) said Marandi's decision would have no impact on the prospects of the opposition poll.

Khuchh nahin (nothing), said JMM general secretary and spokesman, Suprio Bhattacharya, when asked what impact it would have on the great alliance after Marandi moved away.

Marandi, former prime minister and president of JVM-P, said Sunday that opposition parties showed no interest when he tried to talk to them shortly after the Lok sabha elections, letting the party decide to play the 81 seats.

As per the 'mahagathbandhan' understanding, the allies publicly announced before the Lok sabha elections that the Congress would lead the Lok sabha elections in the state while the JMM would steer the assembly polls.

The Congress, however, said it would make efforts to continue the pre- Lok sabha 'mahagathbandhan' along with JVM-P, JMM and RJD.

The JMM and Congress had won one seat each in the parliamentary poll of a total of 14 constituencies in Jharkhand.

Our president of PCC Rameshwar Oraon He will soon meet Marandi Chi and convince him that people want the opposition to discuss in unison, said Jharkhand PCC spokesman Alok Dubey.

In addition to continuing with the mahagathbandhan, Congress also wants all left-wing parties in the opposition alliance, he added.

He said that the Pradesh electoral committee will meet later in the day to deepen party candidates, adjust seats with opposition allies before sending the list to the party's steering committee in Delhi.

Jharkhand will see five-phase surveys of the 81 seats between November 30 and December 20, and the count is scheduled for December 23.

The notification for the first of the elections will be issued on November 6.

The JMM had won 19 seats in the 2014 assembly elections with two of its MLAs, Kunal Sarangi and Jai Prakash Bhai Patel, who recently defected to the BJP.

The Congress, which had joined the RJD in the 2014 assembly elections, has eight seats in the current House.

Two of the MLAs, Sukhdeo and Manoj Yadav, recently joined the BJP-fold.

JVM (P) had won 8 seats in the previous state survey, but later six of its MLAs had defected to the BJP, leaving it with a count of two.

Lalu Prasad's RJD does not currently have any members in Jharkhand's house.