CPI (ML) to abstain from RS polling
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Last Updated: Thursday, March 29, 2012, 21:42
Ranchi: The CPI (ML-Liberation) on Thursday decided that its lone MLA in Jharkhand assembly, Vinod Kumar Singh, would abstain from the Rajya Sabha elections tomorrow.

"Amidst reports of horse-trading, my party has decided not to cast vote," Singh said here.

Five candidates are in the fray for two RS seats in the state. Congress has fielded Pradeep Kumar Balmachu while JVM-P has nominated Praveen Singh and JMM put up Sanjeev Kumar.

The two independent candidates are R K Agarwal and Pawan Kumar Dhoot.

In the absence of a common opposition candidate, the CPI (ML-Liberation) had been in a dilemma whom to vote for the two Rajya Sabha seats.

With the CPI (ML-Liberation) deciding to abstain, 79 MLAs would be eligible for voting in the 82-member house. One seat is vacant while there is one nominated MLA.

Meanwhile, Congress candidate Pradeep Kumar Balmachu said he was confident of getting all secular votes to win one of the two Rajya Sabha seats.

"With Congress and RJD having 18 MLAs, I am confident to get the rest required votes from secular-leaning MLAs, like independents and those from small parties," Balmachu said.

The five-member RJD has decided to vote for Balmachu. Parties with only one member in the house are Rastriya Kalyan Paksh (RKP), Jai Bharat Samanta Party (JBSP), Jharkhand Janadhikar Manch (JJM), Jharkhand Party (JP) and Marxist Communist Centre (MCC). Besides, there are two independents.

The RKP MLA and an independent support the government while the rest sit in the opposition benches.


First Published: Thursday, March 29, 2012, 21:42

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