Jamshedpur: Jharkhand People’s Party (JPP) president Surya Singh Besra today said the party along with its two wings was ready to merge with the Congress if he was projected as the Chief Ministerial candidate in the upcoming Assembly election.
Members of JPP, its student wing All Jharkhand Students Union (AJSU) and Jharkhand Andolankari Morcha (JAM) today organized a meeting to discuss the proposal to merge with Congress, albeit with a condition, Besra told scribes.
Besra said state ministers Rajendra Prasad Singh, Geetashree Oraon, state Congress president Sukhdev Bhagat and others had recently offered him to merge the JPP with the Congress along with its wings and be part of the proposed Mahagathbandhan (grand alliance) of the anti-BJP parties. Other parties of the proposed alliance include JMM, RJD and JD (U).
Besra, a former legislator, said the meeting was convened to decide on the Congress offer on the condition that JPP would get a minimum of 10 seats including Potka apart from the demand for making Besra as the CM candidate in the Mahagathbandhan.
Besra said the JPP looked forward to a meeting with the AICC president Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi to discuss the issue, he said. “The ball is in Congress’s court. They should take a decision and revert to me before the election notification is out,” he said.