Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) president Chirag Paswan Tuesday announced that his party, which is in alliance with the BJP at the Centre, will go solo in the upcoming Jharkhand Assembly elections. Paswan said the LJP, which unsuccessfully contested only one seat in the 2014 polls, would field candidates from 50 seats this time around.
The Jharkhand elections are scheduled to be held in five phases between November 30 and December 20. The results will be declared on December 23.
“The Lok Janshakti Party has decided it will contest 50 seats alone. The first list of party candidates will be announced this evening,” Paswan, who recently took over the reins of the party from his father and Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan, tweeted.
As per a report in news agency PTI, the LJP was keen to form an alliance with the BJP for the polls. However, the saffron party was reluctant as its leaders believed the LJP did not have much to offer electorally. The BJP and the LJP are allies in neighbouring Bihar.
The BJP received a setback on Monday when its other ally in Jharkhand, the All Jharkhand Students Union (AJSU), unilaterally announced a number of candidates for the polls.
The Janata Dal (United), BJP’s ally in Bihar, has already announced it would contest the polls alone in Jharkhand.
Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM), Congress and Lalu Prasad Yadav’s Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) have formed a pre-poll alliance in the state with former Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren as its CM face.
The Congress will contest 31 seats out of 81 seats in the Jharkhand Assembly. The RJD will contest seven seats, while the largest chunk of the alliance share has gone to the JMM, which will contest 43 seats.