UPA finalises seat sharing in Jharkhand

The seat sharing formula for UPA in Jharkhand has been finalised for all 14 Lok Sabha seats,the JMM said on Monday.

Written by Agencies | New Delhi | Published: March 9, 2009 4:25 pm

The seat sharing formula for UPA in Jharkhand has been finalised for all 14 Lok Sabha seats,the JMM said on Monday.

New Delhi

The seat sharing formula for UPA in Jharkhand has been finalised for all 14 Lok Sabha seats,the JMM said on Monday.

“Yes,the alliance is like that,” JMM’s chief whip and party MP Teklal Mahto told reporters when asked whether the seat sharing formula leaves six seats for Congress,five for JMM and three for RJD.

Mahto made the observation after RJD supremo Lalu Prasad met JMM chief Shibu Soren,who is undergoing treatment in AIIMS here.

“The formula among UPA partners will be sitting MP contesting the seat with no scope for any friendly contest,” Mahto told PTI.

AICC in-charge for Jharkhand K Keshav Rao and Congress screening committee Chairman for the state Mukul Wasnik had earlier met Soren over seat-sharing.

In the last Lok Sabha election,UPA (with CPI) had won 13 seats in Jharkhand — Congress six,JMM-4,RJD-2 and CPI-1.

The lone NDA seat was Koderma from where BJP’s Babu Lal Marandi had won. Marandi later resigned from the party and membership of the House. However,he retained the seat as an Independent in a by-election later.

Hazaribagh seat represented earlier by senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha was won by CPI’s Bhuneshwar Mehta in the last election.

However,with UPA having no alliance with Left this time,the seat will go to one of the UPA partners.

“The decision on Koderma and Hazaribagh seats would be taken after Guruji (Soren) is cured,” JMM leader Teklal Mahto said.

Sources in JMM say that RJD chief Lalu Prasad’s meeting with Shibu Soren on Monday after finalisation of seat sharing has to do with a recent attempt by Congress and the RJD to swap a seat among themselves to which JMM does not agree,although there is clear agreement on the number of seats each party would be contesting.

The closed door meeting between the leaders continued for around half-an-hour. However,neither Soren nor Prasad divulged details of the meeting.

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