Ranchi: In a swift development, three Jharkhand Mukti Morcha MLAs, Mathura Prasad Mahato, Jagannath Mahato and Vidyut Varan Mahato have tendered their resignation from the party before the party president Sibu Soren to protest against party decision to drop the name of Savita Mahato as party candidate for Rajya Sabha election.
The three MLAs have demanded that the party should nominate Savita Mahato, wife of former Jharkhand deputy Chief Minister and senior party leader, late Sudhir Mahato, who recently died of heart attack, for the Upper House. They said the party should not break its tradition of nominating widows of party leaders in election in a bid to show sympathy with them.
The JMM president had announced the name of Savita Mahato as the party candidate for the RS polls following a meeting of the party MLAs and members of the core committee held in Ranchi yesterday.
An appeal was made to the Congress and other political allies to support the candidature of Savita Mahato by the JMM. But the Congress instead announced to support RJD candidate Premchand Gupta.
Facing pressure from the Congress and the RJD, the JMM withdrew its decision and announced taking back the name of Savita Mahato.
Sources said the last-minute change in the party decision may lead to fissures in the party with the three MLAs taking a stern stance on nominating Savita Mahato.
Several MLAs of the party held separate meetings after the announcement for withdrawing the nomination proposal was made. The three MLAs put up written resignation to Sibu Soren.
Speaking after his resignation proposal, Mathura Prasad Mahato said, “The party has not been able to do justice to the widow of a deceased leader of the party.”
Jagannath Mahato, too, conformed his resignation. Saying he was not aware of the impact of his resignation, he said he will keep working for the party.