JMM to contest Jamshedpur LS seat

Pakur: The Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) on Friday announced it will fight Jamshedpur Lok Sabha by-poll, for which the Election Commission has not yet set a date.

"Our party president Shibu Soren has decided that JMM will field a candidate from Jamshedpur and the party supremo's decision cannot be revoked," Deputy Chief Minister and JMM leader Hemant Soren told newsmen here.

Expressing confidence that the party's decision would have no bearing on the ruling BJP/JMM/AJSU coalition, the junior Soren said "JMM will contest in the interest of the state."

Soren was here in connection with a party function.

The Jamshedpur LS seat fell vacant after Chief Minister Arjun Munda, who had won the seat as BJP candidate, resigned soon after getting elected as MLA from Kharswan Assembly constitutency in March by-poll.

During his recent visit to Ranchi, BJP president Nitin Gadkari had said the BJP would contest the seat.

The AJSU party, another coalition member, has already asked the two senior partners to leave the seat for it as it had supported them in the formation of the government.