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Sour JD-U wants to sever ties with BJP

Dhanbad, May 26: The simmering dispute over seats between the state units of BJP and JD(U) erupted today with the executive committee of the Sharad Yadav party calling for severing of all ties with its NDA ally.

The meeting, which was held at Gandhi Seva Sadan in Dhanbad, was attended by all 45 members of the JD(U) state executive committee. They decided to apprise the party’s central leadership about the “sentiments” of party workers and that they want to field candidates in all the 81 Assembly constituencies of the state.

BJP and JD(U) ties in the state strained following the repeated demand of BJP state unit chief Raghubar Das that the party should go it alone in the Assembly election next year. JD(U) leaders are also expected to raise the issue at their national executive body meeting in Delhi on May 29.

Today’s meeting was presided over by JD(U) state chief Jaleshwar Mahto and attended by the party’s Deoghar MLA Kameshwar Nath Das, state president of the minority cell of the party Haji Hasim and state general secretary of the party Santosh Sahay.

Mahto said that the committee would review the defeat of party candidates in Palamau and Chatra Lok Sabha constituencies and brief the central leadership on factors responsible.

The members also resolved to hold Assembly-wise meeting of party workers across the state from June 15 to August 15.

“These will be followed by divisional-level meeting from June 16 to September 30 during which various issues, including review of the party’s performance in the Lok Sabha election and various aspects of preparation for the Assembly polls, will be discussed,” said Mahto.

The JD(U) executive committee will also request the central leadership to hold its impending central executive committee meeting in the state for which to places — Madhuban and Deoghar — have been selected.

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