Marandi launches Bharat Vikas Morcha in Bihar



Patna: Former Jharkhand Chief Minister and president of Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (JVM) Babulal Marandi today launched a new political party the Bharat Vikas Morcha (BVM) that would contest about 100 seats in the upcoming Assembly elections in Bihar.

Talking to reporters here Marandi, whose JVM has 11 MLAs in the 82-member Jharkhand assembly said that (BVM), which was earlier an a political party had sought the party's support to contest the forthcoming assembly elections in the state.

"We (JVM) will return the help extended to the party by the BVM during the 2009 elections and I and other party leaders will campaign in favour of BVM candidates in the upcoming elections," Marandi said and added that the move was aimed at giving a voice to have nots and rise in revolt against major political parties who have failed to take up their cause.

Marandi criticised the Congress and the NDA dispensations for "failing" to find out a lasting solution to "Naxalism, terrorism, criminalisation of politics and communalism" and said we "the JVM and BVM will rake up these issues that concern common people."

BVM central convenor, Vijay Kumar Mishra said that the party would put up its candidate in all the 38 districts of Bihar and might contest over 100 seats on its own with the "blessings" of Babulal Marandi.

Marandi charged Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar with indulging in "vote politics" and said instead of making vote oriented promises, Kumar should have made it clear in the report card as to how many promises which he had made to the "poor and simple people" of the state before the last Assembly elections had been implemented.

PTI