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Hemant sticks to seat deal

Bokaro, Dec. 25: Chief minister Hemant Soren today made it clear that JMM would not dishonour the Lok Sabha seat-sharing deal struck with Congress prior to government formation in Jharkhand and would allow its ally to contest 10 seats while it would field candidates in four.

Speaking to mediapersons at his Bokaro residence where he came to spend Christmas, Hemant said: We will not go back on our word that we had given to Congress and will stick to the 10-4 deal.

Asked whether the possible seat-sharing agreement between Congress and RJD would affect the Congress-JMM deal, the chief minister said: It will have no impact on our commitment to allot 10 seats to Congress. Its up to the Congress to decide whether it will contest all 10 seats on its own or allot one to the RJD.

He also stressed that his government had taken all steps to utilise central grants in its short stint, that is around 150 days.