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Marandi talks ties with BJD, Trinamul

Dumka, Dec. 28: JVM supremo Babulal Marandi, having forged a pre-poll alliance with Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar’s JD(U), is now eyeing similar ties with the Trinamul Congress and the BJD to put up a strong resistance against the Congress and the BJP in the Lok Sabha elections.

Marandi, who is currently touring Santhal Pargana to strengthen his party’s base in the tribal-dominated region, said an alliance of “like minded” parties in Jharkhand, Bihar, Odisha, Bengal and Assam would help restrict the two national parties at least in 131 seats in eastern India.

He claimed talks were on with Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamul, Naveen Patnaik’s BJD and Badruddin Ajmal’s All India United Democratic Front to consolidate anti-Congress and anti-BJP forces.

“An alliance will help all of us. We will benefit from each other’s support base in these states, denying the Congress and BJP a smooth sail in the polls,” he told reporters at his Dumka residence today.

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