Jamshedpur : Former Chief Minister Babulal Marandi said on Monday that his party will respect the public mandate and play the role of a constructive opposition in the state.
“Public mandate must be respected; we’ll play the role of constructive opposition. We know our duties very well and will give our best to work on them,” said Marandi. He noted that they will support the Raghubar Dasheaded state government in all good works.
The former Jharkhand Chief Minister, who was in the steel city to meet his party’s former MLA from Ichagarh in Seraikela-Kharswan district Arvind Kumar Singh currently undergoing treatment in the M G M Hospital under police custody, said JVM will respect the mandate of the people.
He refused to say anything on the BJP’s proposal of merger of JVM. Marandi – who was Jharkhand’s first Chief Minister under a NDA led Govt. in 2000 – had floated the regional party in 2006 after he left the BJP over differences with Munda being made Chief Minister replacing him in 2003.
BJP had entered into a pre-poll alliance with Ajsu Party, which with five MLAs, helped the saffron party cross the half way mark (42) in the 81-member assembly.
For a stronger position, BJP requires eight JVM(P) MLAs. JVM(P) has emerged a key player winning more seats than Congress and Ajsu Party as RJD was wiped out.
It won eight seats as against six seats of the Congress and five seats of Ajsu Party. In the 2009 assembly election, JVM(P) had 11 seats and Congress 13.
One of the tallest tribal leaders Marandi has RSS roots and the Sangh Parivar wants him back.