The last day for filing of nomination for the first phase of polls in Jharkhand is over, but the stalemate over seat-sharing, between BJP & AJSU, still continues. AJSU, which contested 8 seats in the last elections has demanded 17 seats and is not willing to compromise, whereas the BJP is not willing to concede more than 10 seats. Not only the seat-sharing, but the joint manifesto and common minimum programme of both the parties have not been declared yet.
AJSU Chief Sudesh Mahato said that "There are 2 issues, first my proposal of 17 seats is pending before the BJP, they have to decide, when I get to know about their stance, I will share it with you. Second, there should be a Joint manifesto of both the parties before going to the polls, because the people have the right to know that what our alliance is going to do for the betterment of people, after the formation of govt in Jharkhand. There should be a common minimum programme of both AJSU and BJP, but I am very clear that in the next couple of days manifesto of AJSU will be declared. Interest of the people of the state will be protected."
Even before the seat-sharing was announced between the two parties, BJP announced its first list of 52 candidates, which included 4 seats, which the AJSU had claimed. Thereafter, the AJSU also announced its, first list of 12 candidates, which included 5 constituencies namely Simaria, Chakradharpur, Sindri, Lohardagga and Mandu, for which BJP had already announced its candidates. The worse being, the announcement of AJSU candidate against Jharkhand BJP President Laxman Giluwa from Chakradharpur, which strained the relationship between the BJP & AJSU. Sources in the BJP say that that the party will not be able to concede 10 seats to the AJSU and friendly contest on 2 seats. Jharkhand BJP in charge Nandkishore Yadav said that "talks are on and we should be able to resolve this soon."
Even though Sudesh Mahto is directly negotiating with BJP president Amit Shah, hard bargaining is on from both the sides, and either of the parties are not willing to compromise.It's a matter of time, who will blink first, and pull the plug, out of the 19-year-old alliance.