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Divorce imminent between Congress and JMM on seat issue

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Ranchi: The alliance between Congress and JMM is all set to collapse with both parties locking horns over seat allocation.

Sources claim that Congress and RJD MLAs may withdraw support to the Hemant Soren government leading to clamping of Presidentís Rule in the state. Meanwhile, Congress has come closer to JVM recently.

Sources said consensus has not been reached on giving 36 seats each to Congress and JMM while giving nine seats to RJD. JMM had disagreed on this proposal while Congress wants Ghatsila, Jamtara and Pakur seats. JMM has claimed Gandeya, Barkagaon and Garhwa seats.

Two senior JVM leaders Pradip Yadav and Pravin Singh reached New Delhi yesterday. Sources revealed that Congress is discussing plans on a new alliance in New Delhi. Talks are on to include Congress, JVM, RJD and JD (U) in the alliance which is yet to take shape. There is possibility that the scene may become clearer by tonight.

Congress has decided to ally with RJD and other smaller parties instead of allying with JMM and JVM. AICC president Sonia Gandhi, state in-charge BK Hariprasad, state Congress president Sukhdev Bhagat, ministers Rajendra Prasad Singh and Gitashree Oraon and MP Pradip Balmuchu were present during talks among Congress leaders.

The state Congress president said the alliance partners may take some more time to ensure that UPA gets maximum number of seats in the polls. Several senior Congress leaders have ruled out alliance with JMM and JVM.

Congress legislative group leader and state energy minister Rajendra Prasad Singh today said the JMM was free to contest the Assembly polls alone. Speaking to scribes, he said the final decision on alliance would be taken by the party leadership.

He said Congress ran the governemnt with JMM for 14 months. He said Congress was ready to ally with the RJD. He said the party would seek votes on the basis of work done by the alliance government in the last 14 months. He said several JVM leaders held a meeting with RJD president Lalu Prasad Yadav yesterday.

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