RJD decides to stay away from ‘Mahagathbandhan’ in Jharkhand

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Ranchi : The Grand Alliance in Jharkhand on Sunday suffered a major blow as the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) decided to stay away from the multi-party conglomeration formed to take on the BJP in the ensuing Lok Sabha polls.

Congress, JMM and JVM leaders addressed a press conference here on Sunday where JMM supremo Sibu Soren announced that the Congress will contest seven seats, JMM four, JVM two and RJD will be given one seat.

Sources said the RJD is not ready to accept this formula and is demanding two seats- Palamu and Chatra. After the announcement of seat-sharing by Congress, JMM and JVM, the RJD leaders said that they would contest all 14 seats in the state.

Left parties like CPI, CPI-ML, and CPM have already announced to contest the polls on their own.

NDA has already decided to give 13 seats to the BJP and one to AJSU. BJP has also announced 10 candidates.