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Giridih may crack seat pact

Ranchi, March 7: The JMM central working committee meeting held this evening decided to field its own candidate from Giridih, defying an unwilling ally Congress.

The drama of the 10-4 seat sharing pact between Congress and JMM is showing signs of hotting up as the former wants control of Giridih and has asked the latter to consider Koderma. But, the JMM, in an open revolt of sorts, declared it would field its candidates in Giridih, Jamshedpur, Dumka and Rajmahal.

The JMM meeting, at party chief Shibu Soren’s Morabadi residence, was held in the absence of the ailing leader. “Candidates will be declared on March 11 once our party president (Soren) returns. There is deadlock over Giridih. I hope it is resolved,” chief minister Hemant Soren said.

JMM insiders said party chief Soren would contest from Dumka. For Giridih, Jagannath Mahto and Mathura Mahto, and for Rajmahal, Vijay Hansdah and Dinesh Marandi are doing the rounds.

On JMM sitting MLA Hemlal Murmu and MP Kameshwar Baitha quitting the party, Hemant said: “Our doors are open for Hemlalji.”

JMM wanted and got Dumka and Jamshedpur, but wanted Giridih and Rajmahal to complete the quota quartet.

“They (JMM) want their bread buttered on both sides. JMM was earlier told to choose between Rajmahal and Giridih. Now they want both. It is not possible,” a senior Congressman said.

Insiders say Congress CLP leader Rajendra Prasad Singh is eyeing the Giridih seat for his son, State Youth Congress president Anup Singh.

Besides Hemant, today’s JMM meeting was attended by seniors Haji Hussain Ansari, Simon Marandi, Champai Soren, Jaiprakash Bhai Patel, Paulus Surin, Vidyut Baran Mahto, Nalin Soren, Jagannath Mahto, Lobin Hembrom, Supriyo Bhattacharya and Vinod Pandey.


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