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Besra LS deal with Trinamul

Calcutta, Feb. 24: Bengal’s Trinamul Congress today announced an alliance with Jharkhand Peoples’ Party (JPP) for contesting all 14 Lok Sabha seats of the state in the coming parliamentary elections.

The alliance was sealed at Trinamul Bhavan in Calcutta this afternoon after a meeting between Trinamul all-India general secretary Mukul Roy and JPP president Surya Singh Besra.

“We shall fight all the 14 Lok Sabha seats in Jharkhand in alliance with JPP," Roy announced at a press conference. “We shall finalise the sharing of seats between us later at a meeting in Ranchi,” he added.

Besra, a former MLA from Ghatshila, said that a bipartite meeting had been lined up for February 26 in Ranchi to choose “consensus candidates” for the 14 Lok Sabha seats.

Also present with him in Calcutta were party vice presidents Pankaj Mondal and Rakesh Srivastav.

Sources said Calcutta-based minority leader Parvez Qureshi, who has been appointed Trinamul observer for Jharkhand, would represent the party at the Ranchi meeting.

According to Besra, they would target the ruling Congress- JMM combine and the BJP during their campaign. “These three parties are out and out corrupt and are fast getting alienated from the people. Taking advantage of people's disillusionment with the three parties, we want to emerge as a formidable force in Jharkhand,” the JPP announced.

However, Trinamul sources said that the party's maiden public rally in Jharkhand on January 11, with Roy as main speaker, had failed to draw a large crowd.

“There was no denial that our January 11 rally in Jharkhand had failed to draw the expected crowd. This is why we have decided to reach out to people by launching movements in support of their causes,” said a Bengal Trinamul vice president.

Roy also announced that the party would field candidates for all seven Lok Sabha seats in Delhi. “We shall meet our party leaders in Delhi shortly to finalise candidates for the seven seats,” Roy said.


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