Congress need Babu Lal Marandi if they want to stop BJP in Jharkhand

New Delhi,14 February 2019: On Thursday, Soren met Congress President Rahul Gandhi and AICC in-charge RPN Singh and PCC chief Ajoy Kumar. AICC general secretaries Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and KC Venugopal were reported to be present at the meeting.

While Jharkhand Congress president Ajoy Kumar met JVM-P chief Babu Lal Marandi, First Chief Minister of Jharkhand in Giridih behind closed doors for 30 minutes on Wednesday morning.

Hours after the Congress announced a “Mahagathbandhan” with Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM), the Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (JVM) and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) for contesting the Lok Sabha elections in Jharkhand, former Chief Minister Babulal Marandi has struck a discordant note over the Godda constituency.

Talking to an English daily Marandi said: “We want three seats—Godda, Koderma and Chatra—but we have got only two. We have conveyed our feelings to Congress and JMM leaders. There may be different views, but we all need to be united to take on the BJP. Seats should not be distributed keeping personalities in mind. If we form the alliance for keeping UPA leaders happy, then BJP leaders will also be happy. We will not be able to check BJP in that situation. Instead of number (of seats), we should talk on the winnability.”

Marandi also said that the issue of who the chief ministerial candidate would be in the Assembly elections should be decided only after these are announced. Interestingly, Congress leaders have been saying that Hemant Soren would be projected as the CM candidate for the Assembly elections. Sources said that the Godda seat had become a bone of contention. They said senior JVM leader Pradeep Yadav was hell-bent on contesting from Godda, but the Congress was insisting on fielding Furkan Ansari, who was the runner-up in the last Lok Sabha elections.

Babu Lal Marandi is a famous face in Jharkhand Politics and considered as one of the most honest politician. To stop Bhartiya Janta Party in Jharkhand, Congress desperately need an honest leading face like Marandi.

The joint announcement also did not seem to go down well with JVM-P. Speaking to reporters in Ranchi, party chief Babulal Marandi said: “Pyench abhi baki hai” 

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