Arjun Munda hints at BJP allying with JVM(P)

Former Jharkhand chief minister Arjun Munda, belonging to the BJP, hinted at the possibility of an alliance with his predecessor Babulal Marandi`s Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (P) in the next Assembly Elections.

Jamshedpur: Former Jharkhand chief minister Arjun Munda, belonging to the BJP, on Tuesday hinted at the possibility of an alliance with his predecessor Babulal Marandi`s Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (P) in the next Assembly Elections.

Asked whether an alliance with the JVM was a possibility in the next Assembly Elections in the state, Munda said nothing was impossible in politics.

"We may consider such an alliance based on issues at an appropriate time," he told newsmen pointing out that it could not be a one-sided affair.

It was the JVM chief who kept saying that he would prefer to jump off the Qutub Minar than return to the BJP, Munda, who shook hands with Marandi, said.

Sought for his reaction, the JVM supremo played it down asking reporters not to read too much into the meeting with Munda on a social platform.

Munda and Marandi were speaking on the sidelines of a premier show of a Santali documentary produced by Santali female singer Rani Mardi.

Marandi had resigned from the Koderma Lok Sabha seat and the primary membership of BJP in 2006 after he was forced to resign from chief ministership to make way for Munda following pressure from allies in 2003. Later, talking to newsmen, Marandi reiterated that his party would maintain equidistance from the BJP and Congress.

Asked specifically whether his party would ally with BJP or former deputy chief minister Sudesh Mahto`s AJSU Party in the next elections, Marandi said: "We have already announced that we will contest the next election on our own.”

"It is therefore meaningless to consider such an option," JVM supremo said.

Asked whether he would contest the next Lok Sabha election from the Dumka constituency, Marandi said he would prefer to ensure the victory of his party candidates in the interest of the organisation.

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