JDP to contest 30 Assembly seats in West Bengal

Jharkhand Disom Party (JDP) will contest 30 Assembly seats in the forthcoming West Bengal Assembly Election slated in April.

Updated: Mar 06, 2011, 16:14 PM IST

Jamshedpur: Jharkhand Disom Party (JDP) will contest 30 Assembly seats in the forthcoming West Bengal Assembly Election slated in April.

"We are in discussion with Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress (TMC) over seat sharing issue and another round of meeting with Banerjee is scheduled for March 20 at Kolkata", Salkhan Murmu, founder President of JDP, said here.

Talking to newsmen today, Murmu said JDP will put up its candidates at least in thirty assembly constituencies, if the seat sharing with TMC failed to materialize.

Murmu, however, expressed confidence that JDP-TMC would take place as the two parties had jointly fought local body election in rural pockets of the state in the past.

Stating that JDP would forge alliance with separate parties for North Bengal, Murmu said JDP had strong base in tribal-dominated pockets of Purulia, Bankura, Burdwan, Hooghly and Midnapore, where it was interested to join hands with TMC.

However, JDP and Gorkha Jan Mukti Morcha and Greater Cooch Behar People?s Association had principally agreed to put its candidately jointly in North Bengal having six districts of Malda, Cooch Behar, Darjelling, Jalpaiguri and North and
South Dinajpur, Murmu, a former Parliamentarian, said.

"We already had a meeting with the two organisations following a joint public meeting organized at Sitapur in Raigunj block on February 19 last", the JDP chief said adding
that the three organisations including JDP will be meeting again on 21st March to finalise the seat sharing issue.

PTI