Kolkata: The BJP and the Jharkhand Mukti
Morcha have struck an electoral alliance in West Bengal to
face the coming Assembly polls.
The state`s BJP president, Rahul Sinha, today said it was
yet to be decided how many seats the JMM would be given to
contest. ``A decision will be taken shortly,`` he said.
The BJP, which decided to contest all 294 Assembly seats
in alliance with `smaller parties`, mostly in north Bengal,
was continuing talks with the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha,
Progressive People`s Party and Adivasi Vikas Parishad.
JMM state president Paresh Marandi and general secretary
Bittu Murmu were present when Sinha announced the BJP`s poll
alliance with JMM here yesterday.
Sources in the state JD(U), another NDA ally of BJP, said
that the party would favour alliance with Trinamool Congress
and not BJP in West Bengal.