Mail News Service
Jamshedpur, Sept 27: The JD (U) will contest the Dumka seat in the Jharkhand Vidhan Sabha by-polls announced the party’s state president Salkhan Murmu while addressing media persons at his Kadma residence. He said that out of the two seats, the BJP may field its candidate for the Bermo seat but in so far as the Dumka constituency seat was concerned, it was imperative that the JD (U) would field its own candidate. About the Bihar Assembly polls, Salkhan Murmu expressed confidence that JD (U) and Nitish Kumar would retain power at the state helm as there was no other alternate.
Murmu opined that in JD (U) and BJP combined to fight the by-elections then candidates of both parties would emerge victorious. To underline his observation, the JD (U) state president said that during the last Assembly elections in Jharkhand, JD (U) and BJP contested separately that resulted in the latter losing out on 26 of the 28 seats they had contested for. “This apart, the BJP is reluctant to bet on its former legislator Dr Louis Marandi while Babulal Marandi had declined to contest from Dumka. Under such circumstances, it is better that JD (U) and BJP contest the by-poll together.”
Murmu said that he had a discussion with the BJP state president and the JD (U) national president on sharing the Dumka and Bermo seats.
Speaking on the Bihar Assembly polls scenario, Salkhan Murmu was confident that NDA would walk away with the contest and present Chief Minister and JD (U) national president Nitish Kumar would be returned to power. He said that if the party desired him to campaign in Bihar for the election he would definitely go.
On the issue of the Jharkhand government endorsing a CBI probe in the murder of Rameshwar Murmu, Salkhan said that if it had agreed for such probe earlier, it would have been more effective. He said, “100 days have elapsed since the murder and many evidences may have been tampered with.” JD (U) state general secretary Kaushal Kumar Singh and general secretary Anjali Singh were present during the press meet.