Ranchi, Feb. 28: The JMM seems to be in no mood to go soft on senior Congress leader Chandra Shekhar Dubey even after ensuring his dismissal from Hemant Soren’s council of ministers.
The party now expects Dubey to tender an unconditional apology for the derogatory remarks he allegedly made against the Hemant Soren government. Only then, it will consider supporting the erstwhile panchayati raj minister in the upcoming Lok Sabha election.
The Congress has already projected Dubey as a potential candidate for the Dhanbad seat.
“We have ceded the Dhanbad parliamentary seat to the Congress. But it’s doubtful whether JMM well-wishers will vote for the party if Dubey is their nominee from Dhanbad. Let Dubey tender an unconditional apology first, then we will mull on the question of supporting him,” said JMM central committee member Supriyo Bhattacharya.
Dubey had won from Dhanbad in 2004. Being a trade Union leader, he has a strong support base in different pockets of this parliamentary constituency.
But the fact that the JMM also commands considerable sway over the electorates in rural areas cannot be overlooked. It is said that Dubey lost the seat in 2009 apparently because the JMM did not wholeheartedly support him.
But the firebrand leader, who was sacked as a minister on February 19, is unruffled.
“Why should I apologise when I haven’t done anything wrong? I have never played the politics of compromises. I only raised the problems being faced by the poor. I have already narrated everything to Congress president Sonia Gandhi. The rest is for her to decide,” he argued.
Dubey appears to have found little support from Congress heavyweights in Jharkhand even as state party president Sukhdeo Bhagat continues to camp in Delhi to finalise the names of candidates for the general election. According to insiders, Bhagat might ultimately recommend that Dubey be denied a ticket from Dhanbad if the JMM refuses to extend complete support.
Bhagat is likely to meet senior Congress in Delhi soon to discuss seat sharing and names of likely candidates and the constituencies they will be contesting from.