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JD-U on back foot, undecided on seats

Ranchi, March 12: The JD(U) is claimed to be busy screening applications of a large number of candidates, who are seeking party tickets to try their luck in Jharkhand during the ensuing general elections.

State JD(U) chief Jaleshwar Mahto and principal general secretary K.C. Tyagi are short-listing the names.

“We have received over 25 applications for different seats. The names of our candidates for Chatra, Koderma, Lohardaga and Palamau will be announced in a day or two,” Mahto told The Telegraph.

The elections in these seats will be held on April 10 and the last date for filing nomination is March 22.

These apart, the JD(U) is confident of giving tough fights in Godda, Rajmahal — both will go to polls on April 24, and Giridih and Khunti — where elections will be held on April 17.

Earlier, the JD(U) agreed to help the JVM in Bihar and Jharkhand, and form a strong Third Front to frustrate both the Congress and the BJP.

However, the JVM has already announced its candidates for 12 Lok Sabha seats in Jharkhand, while names for Dumka and Godda will be finalised soon.

Even the Left parties, which are apparently keen to be a part of the Third Front, have announced their candidates for different seats, side-lining the JD(U).

Though these developments do not augur well for a pre-poll alliance among these parties, the JD(U) appears to be unperturbed.

Further, several political heavyweights from the Congress and the JMM recently preferred to join the Trinamul, but did not approach the JD(U), probably hinting at a dwindling support base of Nitish Kumar’s party in Jharkhand.

“It is immaterial who joins us or who deserts us. One should never forget that the BJP became a formidable force in the national politics after joining hands with JD(U) in Bihar in mid 1990s. In Jharkhand too, the BJP remained in power most of the time because of our support. We have sizeable followings in every pocket of the state that have always played decisive roles in the elections,” argued Mahto.


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