Jamshedpur, Aug. 8: The JVM received a fresh blow today with another senior party leader announcing his intentions to join the BJP, further denting the prospect of Babulal Marandi’s party in the coming Assembly elections.
Senior JVM leader Dulal Bhuiyan is likely to join the national party at a function in Ranchi on Sunday. “I will resign from the party on Sunday and formally join the BJP in the presence of its state unit president Ravinder Rai and other senior leaders,” he added.
Five out of 11 MLAs — Samresh Singh (Bokaro), Nirbhaya Kumar Shahabadi (Giridih), Chandrika Mahtha (Jamua), Jai Prakash Singh Bhokta (Simaria) and Phulchand Mandal (Sindri) — and former deputy mayor of Ranchi Ajay Nath Shahdeo have already pledged their allegiance to the BJP.
Bhuiyan, who left the JMM and joined the JVM five years ago, said he was feeling stifled in the party. “There is no democracy in the party. I wrote two letters Marandiji to highlight the problems within the organisation. But he never cared to reply. I was feeling sidelined within the fold,” he said.
Bhuiyan claimed that they — the turncoats — had also formed a parallel JVM, which would merge with the BJP shortly. “We have formed a parallel party led by senior JVM leader K.P. Sharma from Hazaribagh,” he said.
Bhuiyan added that they had sent letters to the EC and the Assembly Speaker seeking recognition for the JVM led by Sharma.
He claimed that more JVM MLAs and leaders would join the BJP in days to come.