An interesting battle is on the cards as the BJP and Samata Party, two major partners in the ruling alliance in the state, take on each other in the forthcoming election to the lone Rajya Sabha seat from the
state slated for May 30.
While the BJP that heads the ruling coalition in the state has fielded its state unit president Abhaykant Prasad for the seat, the Samata, the second largest ally in the combine, has nominated Rajkishore Mahato for the lone upper house berth from Jharkhand which fell vacant after party MP D N Sahay's sudden demise in a road accident recently.
Though the last date for the withdrawal of nominations is
on Sunday there have been no indications so far from either of the allies to pull out of the fray.
While the BJP insists upon contesting from the seat flaunting its numerical strength in the state assembly, the
Samata thinks its claim on the seat is 'natural' as it held it
till the untimely death of Sahay who represented the party in
Senior Samata Party leader and railway minister Nitish
Kumar who was in the state capital on Saturday expressed shock over the BJP's decision to field its candidate for the seat.