Mail News Service
New Delhi/Ranchi, Nov 14: Putting an end to speculations about the seat sharing pact between BJP and AJSU, Rajya Sabha MP and Jharkhand BJP�s treasurer Mahesh Poddar Thursday said the BJP will be contesting the Jharkhand Assembly elections alone.
The statement of the senior BJP leader has made it clear that the saffron party has finally parted its ways with its ally, AJSU. The party�s decision follows several days of impasse over sharing of seats between the two parties. AJSU supremo Sudesh Mahato held talks with BJP national president Amit Shah and other senior BJP leaders in New Delhi and made last-ditch efforts to get at least 17 seats. But the talks soon proved futile as the AJSU declared its list of candidates on seats earlier reserved for the BJP. On three seats, AJSU has declared its candidates against BJP�s candidates. The list of candidates issued by the BJP so far too, makes it only evident that both allies would be fielding candidates against each other in several constituencies.
In Chakradharpur, the AJSU has fielded its candidate against the state BJP president Laxman Giluwa.
AJSU has been demanding 19 seats but the BJP leaders have expressed their reluctance to spare so many seats for its ally. In the last Assembly elections, the BJP had won 3 seats while the AJSU had won five seats.