JMM Leader and leader of opposition in Jharkhand Vidhan Sabha ,Hemant Soren on Saturday met Lalu Prasad Yadav in RIMS Hospital Ranchi to discuss the modalities of seat-sharing arrangement among the Mahagathbandhan parties JMM, Congress and RJD. The Jharkhand Vidhan Sabha elections are going to be held in five-phase starting from 30th November.
After his meeting with Lalu Prasad Yadav, Hemant Soren said:
"I met Lalu Ji and discussed with him about the seat sharing arrangement which we will declare before the BJP. We are also holding discussion with JVM chief Babulal Marandi so that he also comes on board."
Hemant Soren also attacked the Jharkhand government led by Ragubar Das for having failed in curbing the Naxal menace in the last five years. Election Commission yesterday announced that 67 out of 81 seats are Naxal infested. Hemant Soren said that:
"We wanted that since Jharkhand is a small state with only 81 assembly constituencies and the election could have been held in one phase. But they are holding in five-phase despite ,claims made by BJP govt and PM ,to finish naxalism in five years,"
JMM, Congress and RJD looks all set to be a part of the Mahagathbandhan. But the JVM, has decided to go alone. JVM chief and former Chief Minister of Jharkhand Babulal Marandi said that
"Now that the election has been announced, there is no point in discussing seat sharing arrangement. I had been requesting the mahagathbandhan leaders ,to share the seats immediately after the Lok Sabha elections . Now it's time to go to people, and not to run after politicians,"
Former CM, Maranadi also attacked the BJP government saying:
"The BJP has failed to curb naxal menace and this time BJP will be ousted from Jharkhand," BJP spokesperson Deepak prakash said that "BJP will form the next govt in Jharkhand and our numbers will go beyond 65 seats,"
In the Lok Sabha elections, Congress had contested 7 seats, JMM 4 seats, JVM 2 and RJD 1 seat out of 14 seats. It was agreed upon that in the Vidhan Sabha elections JMM would contest more seats than the Congress party and Hemant Soren of JMM would be the CM face. Sources say that JMM wants to contest 44 seats, leaving 27 for Congress, and 10 seats for RJD & JVM. A week back, five opposition legislators, had joined the BJP, which was a huge setback for the mahagathbandhan ahead .
In the last assembly elections, BJP had won 37 seats, AJSU 4, JMM 19, Congress 9, JVM 8 and others 4 seats out of 81 seats. Six MLAs of JVM had switched sides and joined the BJP after the Vidhan Sabha elections. In 2014 Vidhan Sabha elections, BJP had contested elections under the leadership of Narendra Modi. But after elections, Jharkhand which has a dominant presence of tribals, a non tribal Raghubar das was made the CM. Now that Raghubar Das has been the CM of Jharkhand for the last five years, he will be up against a tribal CM face, Hemant Soren, leading the opposition Mahagathbandhan.