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MP LS poll: Tribal outfit JAYS to field candidates in 4 seats

Press Trust of India  |  Indore 

Accusing the of reneging on its promises, tribal outfit Jai Yuva Shakti (JAYS) Tuesday said it would field candidates on four out of six Lok Sabha seats in reserved for Scheduled Tribes.

JAYS state said the names of the candidates for Ratlam, Dhar, Khargone and Betul Lok Sabha seats would be announced on April 21.

Shahdol and Mandla are the other two seats which are reserved for STs in the state.

"We had supported the during the November 2018 Assembly elections, but it went back on its promises. We were assured of being made part of the (Congress) government," Muzalda told

"We were also told that our opinion will be honoured while selecting candidates for Ratlam, Dhar, Khargone and Betul Lok Sabha seats (all ST seats). None of this has happened and the announced its own candidates. Therefore, our leaders will contest as Independent candidates from these four seats," the said.

JAYS, which claims to have five lakh youth members but is not yet registered as a political outfit, managed to win one Assembly seat in the November, 2018 state polls.

JAYS national convener Dr was elected as MLA from Manawar on a Congress ticket.

Alawa, a doctor who joined after resigning from Delhi's AIIMS, said, "We are fighting for tribal issues. I got elected as MLA on a Congress ticket but this does not mean the Congress has bought out our organisation."

Reacting to it, state Congress KK Mishra said, "The Congress is serious on all issues raised by JAYS regarding tribals, so it should not take steps which can benefit the BJP in Lok Sabha elections.

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First Published: Tue, April 16 2019. 16:30 IST