PATNA: After Maharashtra, BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) has collapsed in poll-bound Jharkhand where five-phased assembly elections are scheduled to start from this month end.
Janata Dal United, Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) and All Jharkhand Students’ Union (AJSU) have been the natural alliance partners of the BJP for long. Of them, AJSU led by Sudesh Mahto is a Jharkhand-based party.
In Bihar, the BJP has even allied with chief minister Nitish Kumar’s JD-U and Ram Vilas Paswan’s LJP to run the NDA government in the state.
Very strangely, the BJP has not allied with any of these parties for the assembly elections in Jharkhand this time despite repeated requests.
Allies were hoping to reach at a poll understanding but their hope got shattered when the BJP released the first list of its 52 candidates without consulting its allies.
A miffed AJSU has now come out with its own list of 11 candidates while the JD-U has also released its list of candidates.
What was the further setback for the JD-U was that Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (JVM) of former chief minister Babulal Marandi too refused to ally with the former.
Likewise, the LJP now headed by Chirag Paswan too has announced to go it alone in Jharkhand and field candidates on 50 seats of the total 81 seats in Jharkhand. It is to be seen now, how the BJP fares in the elections without its allies.