Marandi biggest winner in Jharkhand election
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Last Updated: Wednesday, December 23, 2009, 21:14
  
Ranchi: After staying in the shadow of BJP for nearly three years, former Jharkhand chief minister Babulal Marandi today emerged as the biggest winner of assembly elections as his newly-floated Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (Prajatantric) won 10 seats.

"I stand by my principles ... I have been saying Congress-JVM-P will emerge as the single largest alliance," Marandi told newsmen.

Congress had tied up with JVM(P) for the elections and the party bettered its showing, moving from nine seats in 2005 to 14 this time.

Marandi, a former national vice-president of BJP and union minister, besides being the first chief minister of Jharkhand, was critical of NDA government's performance when Arjun Munda was reappointed as chief minister in 2005 after his removal from the top post.

In 2006, he floated JVM-P with five sitting BJP MLAs Ravindra Rai, Vishnu Bhaiyya, Kunti Devi, Manohar Tekriwal and Pradeep Yadav throwing their weight behind him. Barring Pradeep Yadav, all left Marandi after JVM-P's debacle in 2009 Lok Sabha elections.

While Rai and Devi went back to BJP, Bhaiyya and Tekriwal joined JMM. Only Devi and Bhaiyya could win their their seats this time.

PTI


First Published: Wednesday, December 23, 2009, 21:14


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