Cong to decide on tie up with regional party in Jharkhand
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Last Updated: Thursday, October 29, 2009, 20:07
New Delhi: In a departure from its earlier stand of going it alone in Jharkhand assembly elections, Congress today said it would take a decision on reaching an electoral accord with a regional outfit in the next few days.

"We would take a final decision on an alliance between October 31 and November 2," a senior Congress leader said, indicating that the party may have a tie up with Jharkhand Vikas Morcha led by former chief minister Babu Lal Marandi.

He said an alliance with JMM was unlikely as its image has been tarnished in recent months.

"If we enter into an alliance with the JMM, the electorate would think that we are projecting Shibu Soren as the chief ministerial candidate. This is not acceptable as it would also lead to polarisation of non-tribal votes," he said.

The Congress, which has not been able to form government since the state's inception in 2000, had won only one of the the 14 Lok Sabha seats in the state this year.

Congress leaders claimed that they are getting "feelers" from some independent MLAs, who had won last time, expressing the desire to join the party on the eve of the polls.

Meanwhile, AICC General Secretary Mukul Wasnik, who is in-charge of the committee to finalise party candidates and K Keshav Rao, party in-charge of the state, are in Jharkhand to draw up a list of probable nominees after consulting the state leadership.

Bureau Report

First Published: Thursday, October 29, 2009, 20:07

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