Bihar elections: Hemant Soren holds talk with Nitish Kumar, Lalu Prasad

Soren says JMM is interested in joining hands with the anti-BJP front for the upcoming Bihar assembly elections

Patna: After the exit of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and the Samajwadi Party (SP) from the grand secular alliance, Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) has evinced interest to join hands with anti-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) front for the upcoming Bihar assembly elections.

JMM working president and former Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren on Saturday held talks with Bihar chief minister and Janata Dal (United) leader Nitish Kumar and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) president Lalu Prasad to be part of the anti-BJP grouping.

Emerging after meeting with Kumar, Soren told reporters “JMM is also interested in stopping the BJP and with this aim I met Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad to be part of the secular grouping in Bihar elections." Asked how many seats the JMM has sought for itself, Soren, who is also the son of JMM chief Shibu Soren, was not categorical. He, however, said “JMM had fought in 41 seats in Bihar in 2010 particularly in the constituencies in Bihar-Jharkhand border and had drawn good percentage of vote."

In reply to a question about the JMM’s expectation in view of the offer of three seats to the NCP and five seats to the SP, which they rejected and walked out of the coalition, Hemant Soren said “its wrong to compare us with the two parties. We have good support in bordering areas and had won good percentage of vote in 41 seats in the last poll."

Asked if an agreement has been reached, he said “talks have begun and results would come soon."

He, however, said notification for the first phase of Bihar poll will come up on 16 September hence it should happen before that date. PTI

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