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, 20:14 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 materialise.
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 Peoples 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 organizations
following a joint public meeting organized at Sitapur in
Raigunj block on February 19 last", the JDP chief said adding
that the three organizations including JDP will be meeting
again on 21st March to finalise the seat sharing issue.

PTI