Ranchi, Feb. 3: JVM president Babulal Marandi today declared that his party was ready to consider joining a new political front in the state that would keep the BJP, JMM and its erstwhile ally Congress at bay, reiterating his welcome stand on fresh Assembly elections.
Addressing a party workers conference in Pakur, he alleged that the BJP, JMM and Congress were only eager to somehow grab power by hook or by crook. He decried that earlier the BJP and JMM plundered the state’s resources through an unholy alliance and now the Congress was running a proxy government by means of President’s Rule.
Marandi’s willingness to join a new third front is intriguing, considering that his party has already announced that it will contest all the Vidhan Sabha and Lok Sabha seats in the state.
“In 2004, too, fresh Assembly elections were held in Bihar after no party or front gained a clear majority in the Vidhan Sabha. The same should be done here, too. During the last three years, the BJP-JMM alliance has duped the masses twice. Now, the Congress has taken them for a ride by first hinting that it was ready to help formation of a non-BJP government and later saying that it was in no hurry,” he told The Telegraph over phone.
Though his party has always kept away from JMM and BJP, Congress was its pre-poll ally during the last Assembly polls. Marandi’s new stand with regard to alliance indicates a new political scenario in the state in the coming days.
He started party workers’ conferences in Assembly segments a few months ago, the one in Pakur being the 69th.
In December 2011, he also sat on a 22-day dharna at Amrapara demanding justice to families displaced by the Panem Coalfields Limited, besides regularly camping in various parts of Santhal Pargana.