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MP tribal outfit wants Cong to field its 4 members in LS polls after founder won on party ticket

Press Trust of India  |  Bhopal 

A MLA in has demanded that the party field four candidates of his fledgling tribal outfit from reserved seats in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls, or else it will approach the BJP.

The Jai Adivasi Yuva Shakti is not a registered political outfit yet and is therefore approaching the parties, said Dr Hiralal Alawa, the of who won on a ticket from Manawar in the recent assembly elections.

In the Assembly polls held last year, the had asked the to field 80 of its members on party ticket. However, only Alawa was given a ticket.

"We have now asked to field our four candidates as its nominees in four Lok Sabha seats reserved for tribals. If does not agree, we will approach the BJP with that demand," Alawa told

"The had urged to field its 80 candidates, especially in Malwa-Nimar area, in the Assembly polls. It had agreed to make seven members of JAYS as its candidate. But it just fielded me from Manawar assembly constituency in district," the former assistant professor of AIIMS-said.

"This time, we are taking no chances. I had already spoken to the Congress state leadership and placed our demand for four tickets from Dhar, Ratlam, Khargone and Betul. If the Congress does not accept our demand, we will approach the BJP," he said.

He said if nothing works out, the JAYS will field its members in the six Lok Sabha seats reserved for tribals, including Shahdol and Mandla in

"Our compulsion to approach the political parties is that JAYS is not a registered political outfit," Dr Alawa said.

He claimed that the Congress had performed well in Malwa-Nimar in due to the support of JAYS in the assembly polls.

According to the 2011 census, tribals constitute 21.1 per cent of the total population in

The BJP had won all the six tribal reserved seats in 2014

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First Published: Sun, March 17 2019. 11:15 IST