We can breathe easy in Jharkhand: JD(U)
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Last Updated: Monday, June 17, 2013, 21:53
  
Ranchi: Jharkhand unit of JD(U) on Monday said the party would "breathe easy" after walking out of NDA as it was always in "loss" in Jharkhand politics.

"JD(U) in Jharkhand has always been in loss. Because of the tie-up at the national level, BJP had been a miser in lending seats during elections. It did not agree to share even one seat in the 2004 general elections from the state," senior most JD-U leader in Jharkhand Pramod Mishra said here.

"And the result that year was a near washout for BJP with only the then BJP leader Babulal Marandi winning from Kodarma while they lost all the 13 other seats to other parties," he said.

"Since Jharkhand's creation, we had never been taken on equal footing by BJP, while JD(U) treated it in a dignified manner in Bihar," he claimed a day after the party walked out of NDA.

Mishra said Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and party's national President Sharad Yadav adhered to Jayaprakash Narayan's ideals, which never compromised on fundamental principles.

When Jharkhand was created on November 15, 2000, JD(U) had three MLAs and Samata Party five before the latter merged with it.

The party had won six seats in the 81-member house in the state's first assembly elections held in 2005 and bagged only two in the 2009 polls.

"Even in 2009 General Elections, BJP gave just two seats to us, and most of its leaders openly campaigned for two Independent candidates from those two constituencies leading JD(U)'s defeat," Mishra rued.

"Inder Singh Namdhari's win as Independent from Chatra is an example in 2009 LS elections," he said, adding, "Still we took it in our stride in the larger interest of NDA."

PTI


First Published: Monday, June 17, 2013, 21:52


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