Jharkhand Assembly Polls: AJSU declares candidates on 12 seats, impasse continues on seat sharing pact with BJP

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 Ranchi, Nov 11: Even as the impasse continued over its seat sharing pact with the BJP, AJSU Party announced the names of its candidates for 11 seats on Monday.

At some of the seats, AJSU candidates would be pitted against BJP candidates. In Simaria, Sindri, Mandu and Chakradharpur, AJSU has fielded its candidates despite the BJP having announced candidates on the same seats. In Chakradharpur, Ramlal Munda of AJSU will be contesting against BJP’s Laxman Giluwa. AJSU president Sudesh Mahato will contest from Silli.

Other AJSU candidates are Neeru Shanti Bhagat from Lohardagga, Umakant Rajak from Chandankyari, Ramchandra Sahis from Jugsalai, Sunita Choudhary from Ramgarh, Sadanand Mahato from Sindri, Kushwaha Shivpujan Mehta of Hussainabad, Roshan Lal Choudhary from Barkagaon, Lambodar Mahato from Gomia and Manoj Chandra from Simaria. In the last elections, AJSU had won five out of eight alliance seats. This time BJP seems willing to give only 9 to 10 seats to AJSU.

Meanwhile, in Ghatsila, speculations are rife about former state Congress president Pradip Kumar Balmuchu planning to join AJSU after failing to get a ticket. He may meet Sudesh Mahato tomorrow.

Suspense loomed large over the seat sharing pact between BJP and AJSU Party as no clear conclusion came to the fore till late Monday evening.

The announcement of BJP-AJSU party alliance and seat sharing pact got delayed due to AJSU’s demand of larger share in the upcoming state assembly elections.

The AJSU Party is learnt to have demanded 19 seats, 11 more than what it had clinched in 2014 assembly elections.

Decision on poll alliance was further jinxed due to differences on two seats–Lohardaga and Chandankiyari assembly constituencies. AJSU had demanded both these seats. In 2014, AJSU had got these two seats. But now the BJP plans to field ex-bureaucrat and former state Congress president Sukhdeo Bhagat and minister Amar Kumar Bauri from Lohardaga and Chandankiyari respectively. Bhagat recently joined the saffron party in the presence of Chie Minister Raghubar Das.

AJSU supremo Sudesh Mahato, who recently met BJP’s Jharkhand election in-charge Om Prakash Mathur, left for New Delhi today to meet BJP national president Amit Shah for discussions on seat sharing issue.

Speaking to scribes, Mahato said, “Both the parties hope to arrive at an amicable solution to the seat sharing issue. We hope to win over 65 seats in the elections. We had prepared a list of 26 seats but later curtailed it to 19 seats. We will according to the pact.”

Mahato said the AJSU Party will take the final decision after talks with the BJP president. The party will publish its manifesto on November 14, he said.

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