In Jharkhand Alliances To Battle It Out For Supremacy
RJD supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav recently said that in Jharkhand it will be a grand alliance which will form the government after elections. Whether it will be the case will be known later but in Jharkhand it appears that this election is a battle of alliances where no single party could form the government as this will be a contest where different alliances are trying their luck. A nnis special report on Jharkhand’s Game of Thrones.
IN JHARKHAND ALLIANCES TO BATTLE IT OUT FOR SUPREMACY
The Jharkhand Vidhan Sabha is the unicameral state legislature of Jharkhand state in eastern India. The seat of the Vidhan Sabha is at Ranchi, which comprises 81 members of Legislative Assembly directly elected from single seat constituencies.
A year and a half before the Vidhan Sabha elections in the state there was a shift in the leadership where Hemant Soren of JMM took over as chief minister in July, 2013. He was administered the oath of office by Governor Syed Ahmed after President’s rule was revoked after a period of six months. The JMM-LP leader had staked claim on July 9 for formation of a government in alliance with Congress, Rashtriya Janata Dal, smaller parties and independent MLAs.
Soren was the fifth tribal CM after Babulal Marandi, Arjun Munda, Shibu Soren and Madhu Koda since the state was created on November 15, 2000. In Jharkhand President’s rule was imposed on January 18 in 2013 due to political instability after the JMM withdrew support to the BJP-led government under Arjun Munda.
Hemant Soren was pushed in the limelight of state politics following the death of his elder brother Durga in 2009 who was considered the natural successor to Shibu
The current scenario in the Jharkhand polls is such that no party in the state is going for polls alone. Various alliances have been formed this time on in the state. While JMM is contesting on its own, Congress and RJD have shared seats in the five phase elections starting from November 25. It would be pertinent to mention that JMM and Congress earlier parted ways after a period of 475 days with both parties declaring they were on their own now. Several rounds of talks on seat sharing failed.
Meanwhile the BJP has got into an alliance with the All Jharkhand Student Unions for the assembly. AJSU will contest eight of the 81 seats.
AJSU has earlier been part of BJP-led coalition governments in the state but this is the first time both parties will have a pre-poll alliance.
The BJP has 17, JMM-15, Congress Party-12, RJD-5, JVM [P]-6, AJSU-6, RJD-5, JD-U-2, TMC-2, CPI-ML-2 and Independents-5 seats in the assembly.
Ever since its creation as separate state in 2000 Jharkhand has seen altogether 9 chief ministers and three terms of President Rule.
Even the Trinamool Congress will contest five seats with the JVM(P) contesting from the rest of the state’s 81.
The TMC, it is believed has risked isolating its base in the Santhal Pargana by going into an alliance with the JVM(P). The decision was reportedly taken solely by TMC’s state unit president Bandhu Tirkey.
What is the future as far as the government of Jharkhand is concerned is going to be a matter of wait and watch.