The move to merge with Marandi’s party is being seen as BJP’s attempt to woo tribal voters, especially after it won a measly two tribal seats – nine less than the previous election tally.
Former Jharkhand chief minister Babulal Marandi’s party is set to start the process of merging with the BJP, top sources in both parties have confirmed to The Indian Express.
The move comes close on the heels of the BJP getting voted out of power in the recently-held Assembly elections in the state. In fact, the saffron party has been left without a leader after key people faced defeat in the assembly polls; it is also yet to appoint a Leader of Opposition. Among those who lost was BJP chief and tribal face Laxman Giluwa. He has submitted his resignation, but it is yet to be accepted.
The move to merge with Marandi’s Jharkhand Vikas Morcha Prajatantrik is also being seen as BJP’s attempt to woo tribal voters, especially after the saffron party won a measly two tribal seats – nine less than the previous election tally. On the other hand, current CM Hemant Soren’s JMM-led alliance had won 25 of the 28 seats in tribal dominated areas.
A close aide of Marandi told the newspaper, “Both the BJP and JVM(P) are looking at their political interests. JVM(P) has dissolved its working committee and Babulal met BJP’s central leadership in Delhi on January 15.” The aide mentioned that the process of the merger will begin as soon as Marandi returns to Ranchi.
It is noteworthy here that that the JVM(P) had offered unconditional support to the ruling JMM-Congress-RJD alliance after the election results were declared. The party had contested for all 81 Assembly seats, but had won only three.Also, a merger with the BJP would be homecoming for Marandi, who has held the post of Jharkhand’s BJP chief earlier. An RSS ideologue, Marandi had floated the JVM(P) after parting ways with the BJP in 2006.Get access to India's fastest growing financial subscriptions service Moneycontrol Pro for as little as Rs 599 for first year. Use the code "GETPRO". Moneycontrol Pro offers you all the information you need for wealth creation including actionable investment ideas, independent research and insights & analysis For more information, check out the Moneycontrol website or mobile app.