Friday, December 1, 2023

Congress exploring alliance possibilities ahead of Assembly polls

Jamshedpur: State Congress leaders are huddled to strike the right cord with the various parties of Jharkhand ahead of the Assembly elections in the state.

While pulling on with its allies in the ruling alliance, Jharkhand Mukti Morcha and Rashtriya Janata Dal, the Congress party is also exploring the possibility of allying with Jharkhand Vikas Morcha.

Party sources said the landslide victory of the BJP in the Lok Sabha elections this year has led the party high-ups to hold talks with the various parties that may unite against the BJP. �It is not only the Congress which is looking for support of regional and other national parties to counter the communal forces. Other parties too, are also trying to join hands with a national party like Congress to give a tough fight to the BJP and its allies,� said a senior politician.

Although claiming to be preparing for the Assembly elections all alone, JVM president Babulal Marandi has not yet made any final decision. He has said that the party would take a final decision in the larger interest of the people of the state without compromising with the development and future of the state.

JVM has so far suffered big jolts with its five MLAs and several other leaders leaving the party and joining the BJP. The party president has however claimed that the party is not affected by the recent developments. Given the present situation, the party has no other option than either looking for alliance possibilities or contesting the polls alone.
The JVM had allied with the Congress in the last Assembly elections and secured 11 seats. Congress too, had secured 14 seats with the help of JVM. If sources are to be believed, both parties may again come together ahead of the Assembly polls.

In case JVM comes closer to the Congress, the latter is sure to lose the company of the JMM. JMM has already made it clear that it will never join hands with the JVM and that no alliance is possible between the two parties. Still, Congress leaders are still trying to bring the JVM and JMM closer.

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