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Jharkhand Assembly Election: Day after RJD skips Opposition alliance's press meet, JMM leader Hemant Soren meets Lalu Prasad Yadav

  • Hemant Soren, the Opposition alliance's chief ministerial candidate, told reporters that he called on RJD supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav to seek his blessings

  • The three-party alliance on Friday announced the seat-sharing arrangement for the five-phase Jharkhand Assembly elections

  • However, questions were raised as no RJD leader was present at the press conference in Ranchi

Ranchi: A day after Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leadership skipped the three-party opposition alliance's press meet where its seat-sharing formula for Jharkhand assembly polls was announced, Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) leader Hemant Soren on Saturday met jailed RJD supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav at a hospital in Ranchi

Hemant Soren, the Opposition alliance's chief ministerial candidate, told reporters that he called on Prasad to seek his blessings. Serving jail sentences in fodder scam cases, 72-year- old Prasad has been lodged in a Ranchi hospital on account of poor health.

 Jharkhand Assembly Election: Day after RJD skips Opposition alliances press meet, JMM leader Hemant Soren meets Lalu Prasad Yadav

File image of Hemant Soren. ANI

"Lalu-ji placed some questions before me and very soon we will go to him with the answers. The RJD is with the Opposition alliance," Soren said.

The alliance on Friday announced the seat-sharing arrangement for the five-phase Jharkhand Assembly elections. The JMM will contest 43 seats, the Congress 31 and RJD seven.

However, questions were raised as no RJD leader was present at the press conference in Ranchi though Prasad's son and RJD heir apparent Tejaswi Yadav met his father at the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS).

RJD's Jharkhand unit General Secretary Ashutosh Ranjan Yadav on Saturday said, "Hemant Soren met Lalu ji at the RIMS to seek his blessings. Nobody was present while the two leaders talked."

Meanwhile, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) attempted to drive a wedge between the JMM and the RJD saying Soren was cowed down by the "blackmail" of Prasad's party. During the statehood movement, Prasad had said Jharkhand would be formed over his dead body and now, by seeking his "blessings", Soren has hurt the pride of the people of Jharkhand, BJP state unit spokesperson Pratul Shahdeo said.

"This shows that Hemant Soren is bowing to RJD's blackmail for the chief minister's chair. Yesterday, the Opposition alliance said RJD leader could not attend the press meet due to their busy schedule," he said.

"This alliance has been constructed on the foundation of jail, bail, sale and blackmail," Shahdeo claimed.

The first phase of polling is scheduled on 30 November and the exercise will conclude on 20 December and counting is slated on 23 December.

Updated Date: Nov 09, 2019 22:45:06 IST