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Congress pacifies Marandi to seal opposition alliance in Jharkhand

IANS  |  Ranchi 

The has stepped up its efforts to pacify former and Vikas Morcha-Prajatantrik (JVM-P) to seal the opposition alliance for the polls.

Last week, the and the JMM had announced finalising the seat-sharing formula in JVM-P stayed away from the seat-sharing formula. "We will fight the seat at any cost," Marandi had said after the seat-sharing announcement was made.

On Wednesday, met Marandi at district. Both leaders held a closed door meeting.

"Marandi is a mature leader. Our talks were held in a positive environment," said to reporters.

According to the seat-sharing formula, the Congress will contest from seven seats; JMM will contest from four seats; JVM-P will contest from two seats; and the RJD will fight from one seat.

wants to fight the polls from the seat. had fought for the rights of the land owners against land acquisition in district. He was sent to jail for several months.

Congress sources say that the party in charge R.P.N. Singh is also in touch with Marandi and trying to convince him to give up the Godda seat demand in the interest of the opposition alliance.

Till now, JVM-P has not agreed to give up the Godda seat.

The Congress and the JMM may have agreed to fight the polls together but seat-sharing is still an issue between both parties. Both, Congress and JMM want to fight the and seats. Congress wants to field its state from and Geeta Koda, wife of former Madhu Koda, from Chiabasa seat.

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First Published: Wed, February 13 2019. 15:48 IST
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