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Left parties to contest three Lok Sabha seats in Jharkhand

Press Trust of India  |  Dhanbad 

parties Wednesday decided to contest three out of the 14 seats in Jharkhand.

"Front have decided to contest three seats --- CPI(M) from Rajmahal, CPI from Hazaribagh and CPI (ML-Liberation) from Koderma," CPI(M) Jharkhand unit G K told reporters here.

He said the CPI(M) state committee would endorse the decision in its meeting on March 15 in Ranchi.

"The agenda of the CPI (M) for the April/May elections is to defeat BJP, get maximum number of left candidates elected and ensure formation of secular government," said.

He also said that parties decided to support candidate of such opposition party in the rest of the seats, who could be seen as strong opponent against the BJP candidate.

"CPI(M) has always supported former A K Roy as well as MCC from seat. So if MCC fields candidate from Dhanbad, it would be the fourth seat of Left Front," claimed

(MCC) MLA Arup Chatterjee told over phone that there would be two meetings of the partys central committee to decide about contesting the elections.

The CPI (ML-Liberation) was not an alliance of the Left Front during the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

While the CPI (ML-Liberation) contested six seats, CPI (M) fielded candidates in five constituencies while the CPI nominated three in the 2014 elections.

The CPI was part of UPA-I in the 2004 Lok Sabha elections and the had won the Hazaribagh seat, defeating former BJP leader

Bakshi termed the terminology 'gathbandhan' as wrong because "there is no common agenda among the parties and it is (just) a seat sharing formula."

Meanwhile, in a press statement in Ranchi, RJDs Jharkhand and spokesman said, "The RJD will contest from Palamau and Chatra seats at any cost as the electorate there voted RJD candidates several times during previous elections. The RJD has always favoured alliance and its leader stood like a rock in unity among the opposition, to dislodge the BJP."

On January 18, Jharkhand Pradesh Committee said that the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) had agreed to fight the Lok Sabha elections under the leadership and, in return, the will contest the Jharkhand assembly elections under the JMM leadership.

The proposed grand alliance comprising Congress, JMM, (Prajatantrik) and RJD, has not yet officially announced as to which party would contest how many seats and from where.

According to reports, there is a bone of contention over a few seats on which one or the other ally is keen to contest.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, March 13 2019. 20:05 IST