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Saryu, Sudesh announce third front in Jharkhand

Ranchi: A group of five MLAs including two independents on Friday announced to have set up a third front in the state claiming that realignments of likeminded people with different political affiliation is to initially ensure that right issues concerning people of the state is to be raised in the assembly but said that if all goes well, it might further be shaped into a more consolidated alliance on the electoral pitch.“The third front will be called as Jharkhand Loktantrik Morcha (JLM),” announced Saryu Rai, a former BJP man, who had fought and won independently from Jamshedpur east in 2019 assembly elections against ex-CM Raghubar Das.

Rai, along with AJSU-P MLAs—Sudesh Mahto (Silli), Lambodar Mahto (Gomia), National Communist Party (NCP) lawmaker Kamlesh Singh and Amit Yadav (independent MLA—Barkatta).

The front will be led by Sudesh Mahto. “After finalizing the formation of the front, we have unanimously decided that Sudeshji will lead the front. Amit Yadav is made the convenor,” informed Rai, flanked by other members of the front at a hurriedly called news meet at the state assembly premises where the budget session is underway.

On their plan of action, Rai said that they were in talks since last few days for formation of an alliance which can raise issues concerning people of this state in the assembly in a more organized and strong manner. “Even on outside the house, we will work on collective issues important for the state and its people. Rest is open to time as how things pan out,” he said, adding that soon they are going to meet the speaker to seek recognition for their front inside the assembly.

Sudesh address reporters too said that the people’s concern often doesn’t get raised in the assembly properly due to various issues such as lack of time, pandemonium etc. “Hence, we have formed an alliance to address issues of the state,” said Sudesh, who is also the supremo of AJSU-P, which is currently part of NDA in Jharkhand.

Sudesh didn’t clarify whether they will still be part of NDA (BJP) or not as NCP isn’t aligned to BJP in the state while so are the other MLAs.

While the future and impact of this front in state’s political landscape ahead of 2024 parliamentary and assembly polls could still anybody’s guess, but political observers believed that they will certainly play a crucial role in deciding the fate of Rajya Sabha elections due in June this year for two seats. In 2020 Rajya Sabha polls for two seats, Rai and Amit had voted in favour of BJP candidate (Deepak Prakash). The other seat went to JMM.