The party leaders are of the opinion that they should ask for vote from the Jharkhand voters by putting forward their track record of good governance and development, as it is likely to appeal to every section of the society.

Interestingly, there is deep uncertainty within the party ranks over the question of chief ministerial candidate in the state. There is a major faction in the BJP that has batted for a change in leadership in Jharkhand.

As a matter of fact, the politics done by all the major parties in the state like Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM), Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (Prajatantrik), Congress and BJP is Tribal-centric.

Therefore, BJP think tank feels there should be a change in their approach in the assembly elections.

However, there is also an apprehension in the mind of the leaders that such a forced change can lead to polarization of votes.

For this reason, the BJP would go to assembly polls under collective leadership. The party leaders are leaving no stones unturned in apprising voters in the state of the development work that has taken placein other BJP-ruled states. Mostly, all the BJP-ruled states are first in line for assembly elections.

Attempts would also be made to tell people that the reason why BJP couldn’t accelerate development work in the state despite ruling it for a long period is ‘instability’.

BJP president Amit Shah had already hinted about a change in strategy in party’s national council meet.
Shah had told the party’s office bearers that the public has to be convinced that all the problems in Jharkhand can only be solved once BJP comes into power with a clear majority.

In Jharkhand’s fourteen-year history, BJP has ruled here for around eight years and most of the time Arjun Munda has led the state.

Munda was not able to speed up development work in the state due to the presence of a coalition government, which had tied his hands.

There are doubts over how much votes can party’s old faces can pull in the Assembly elections, and if sources are to be believed then the BJP is going to contest polls in the state by keeping its cards close to its chest.

Some of the party leaders’ faces would be put forward in front of the public but in a collective manner.

Such a step would not only put a full stop on the internal groupism in the party but would also improve the chances of attracting voters from different sections of the society here.

The party leadership in the state would only be decided after deliberating on the results of the Jharkhand assembly elections.

JMM to keep Marandi at bay in Jharkhand assembly elections

One of the major forces in the state, JMM is ready to work in tandem with its ally partners – Congress and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) in the assembly elections but it will maintain distance from Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (JVM) chief Babulal Marandi.

The decision to maintain distance with Marandi and his party was taken during the two-day central committee meet of JMM, which commenced on Wednesday.

Mostly, all the JMM leaders and workers agreed with the decision to keep Marandi at a bay.  The meet was opened by party chief Shibu Soren at Manya Place in Morabadi.

The meeting on Wednesday was mostly focused on how to get the organisation work in synchronization during the assembly elections.

Despite the fact that a major faction in JMM wants to contest elections on its own, a decision is likely to be taken on its final plan of action on the lines of Lok Sabha polls.

Party supremo Shibu Soren and Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren has been given the responsibility to give final shape to the seat allocation formula between allies for the assembly polls.

JMM would stake claim on around 40 assembly seats. After cherry picking its favourite seats, party’s senior leader would deliberate over it with chief leaders from Congress and RJD.

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