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JVM, Ajsu may join hands

Ranchi, Feb. 23: An alliance between JVM and Ajsu for the upcoming Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha elections is a possibility, if political analysts are to be believed.

According to insiders, if the statewide bandh called by JVM and Ajsu on March 2 turned out to be successful, it may give a new twist to the power equations in the state. For, both these parties are demanding special state status for Jharkhand and are eager to join hands with potential partners during the forthcoming Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha elections.

However, both JVM and Ajsu are tight-lipped about the matter and none is willing to spell out anything.

“As of now we are preparing to contest all 14 Lok Sabha seats in Jharkhand. The idea of a strong third front to combat Congress and BJP is there. There is an important meeting tomorrow in Delhi to discuss the possible, but I will not be participating due to other pre occupations,” said JVM chief Babulal Marandi at a news meet in Ranchi today.

He added that both JVM and Ajsu have given a bandh call on the special status issue on March 2 and they will be helping each other to make the strike a success. While the special status issue figures prominently in the JVM manifesto, the Ajsu too has been fighting tooth and nail for it.

Ajsu vice-president Chandra Prakash Choudhary, however, admitted that a possible alliance between the JVM and AJSU during the coming elections couldn’t be ruled out completely. “The final decision will be taken by senior leaders of the two parties. I can only say that no one is untouchable in power politics and nothing should be taken for granted,” he added.

Two in JVM fold

In another development, Koderma-based social worker Sajid Hussain and academic A.K. Mishra joined the JVM.

While Hussain had secured sizeable number of votes from Koderma during the Vidhan Sabha polls in 2005 and 2009, Mishra is popular among youngsters as a success guru. The Chanakya IAS Academy, a coaching centre run by Mishara, is said to have facilitated selection of 2,700 candidates in different competitive exams.

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