BJP's Alliance With Jharkhand Partner Collapses Over Seat-Sharing

14 November 2019 08:10 PM
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  • BJP's Alliance With Jharkhand Partner Collapses Over Seat-Sharing

The BJP has already released a list of 53 candidates for the five-phase Jharkhand polls and it will soon announce candidates for 27 seats, sources say.

NEW DELHI: The BJP and All Jharkhand Students Union (AJSU) will contest this month's Jharkhand Assembly election separately after the allies failed to finalise a seat-sharing agreement. The ruling party is now left with no partner in the state as Lok Janshakti Party, BJP's prominent Bihar ally, earlier this month announced that it would field its candidates from 50 seats.
The BJP has already released a list of 53 candidates for the five-phase Jharkhand polls and it will soon announce candidates for 27 seats, sources say.

The BJP will support Independent candidate Vinod Singh in the Hussainabad constituency, a seat the party had left for AJSU, sources said.

The decisions were taken at a meeting of BJP chief Amit Shah, party's working president JP Nadda and senior leader Om Mathur.

AJSU had won five of eight seats that it had contested in alliance with the BJP in 2014. The BJP had contested 72 seats and had taken home 37. The LJP had contested on one seat and lost.

This time, the AJSU was asking for 19 seats to contest in Jharkhand, but the BJP was willing to give not more than nine seats, sources said.

While talks for the seat-sharing agreement were on, the AJSU announced 12 candidates, four of which overlap with BJP candidates in Simaria, Sindri, Mandu and Chakradharpur.

The BJP's seat-sharing talks with the LJP also went south earlier this month. The Chirag Paswan-led party was demanding six seats, but the BJP was offering it one. Mr Paswan later announced his party will contest on 50 seats alone.

"The Lok Janshakti Party has decided it will contest 50 seats alone. The first list of party candidates will be announced this evening," Mr Paswan tweeted.

Jharkhand elections will be held in five phases starting November 30 and results will be declared on December 23, the Election Commission announced earlier this month.


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