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Ajsu rules out tie-up for LS polls

Bokaro, Jan. 8: Ajsu will contest all seats in Jharkhand besides a few in neighbouring Bengal and Odisha in the coming Lok Sabha elections.

Party chief Sudesh Mahto confirmed this to mediapersons in Bokaro steel city, where he had come to attend a meeting of Ajsu workers.

On fixing candidates for all seats in Jharkhand, Mahto said: “The process is in its final stages. Party committees right from the sub-division to district level have already send their reports on which discussions are being held. The final call will be taken in a democratic manner.”

Asked whether Ajsu was planning to tie up with any party for the election, the former deputy chief minister replied in the negative. “Our party has enough number of strong contenders,” he said.

When told to comment on any alliance possibility with Arvind Kejriwal’s AAP, which has created a buzz in the entire country, Mahto dismissed the speculations. “Us party ko chodo yaar, baat bhi nahin karo (Leave alone that party, don’t even talk about it),” he said.

Stressing on his demand of a special status for Jharkhand, Mahto said he would meet members of the Finance Commission, who are visiting Jharkhand, on January 10.

“I will put forward my party’s demand and also the reasons as to why this state deserves special status,” the Ajsu supremo said.

However, Mahto refused to comment on the functioning of the Hemant Soren-led government. “It’s for the media to judge whether the former government was doing better or this government. I will not make any comment on the recent transfers and posting of officers,” he said.