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BJD-JMM seat sharing runs into rough weather

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Reported by Chinmaya Dehury

Bhubaneswar, Mar 12:

Talks between the BJD and the JMM over seat sharing arrangement in two districts have got stuck over the differences on the Assembly seats to be contested by the two sides.

Of the two Lok Sabha seats of Mayurbhanj and Sundargarh, the BJD and JMM were likely to contest in one each – BJD in Sundargarh and JMM in Mayurbhanj.

However, the ruling party is yet to come to a conclusion on which Assembly seats are to be given to the JMM. According to party sources, some leaders are opposing to the idea of going for an alliance with the JMM as the latter’s demand for inclusion of the districts particularly Mayurbhanj will go strong once the MLAs of JMM get elected with the help of BJD.

They also fear the JMM would create unrest in the areas after its candidates win the election, which is not in the interest of the state, said sources.

The move came as the ruling BJD was anticipating a triangular contest in some seats in the two tribal dominated districts, sources said adding the arrangement was to prevent Congress to gain at the hustings.

Besides, BJP is also opposing the move of the party citing that Naveen Patnaik can go to any extent to retain in power.

While the Congress has aligned with JMM in Jharkhand to prevent Modi, Naveen is doing the same thing here in the state, said Sajjan Sharma.

Meanwhile, many grassroots level leaders of JMM have joined the ruling party weakening the poll prospects of the Jharkhand origin party in the state.