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Why is RJD miffed with its ally Cong in Jharkhand

Ranchi: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), a junior coalition partner in the incumbent alliance government in Jharkhand is upset with Congress, another alliance constituent, owing to state finance minister Rameshwar Oraon’s dig at the Bihar borne party calling it as an entity without any mass following in this tribal heartland. At a programme in Manika (Latehar) on Monday, Oraon said that RJD is primarily a party of Bihar and that it is left with no considerable base in Jharkhand, which was carved out of Bihar in 2000.

Oraon statement has upset the ranks and files in state unit of RJD. Issuing a strong rebuttal on Tuesday, state party president Abhay Singh reminded the grand old party’s veteran leader of coalition dharma. He said, “The minister should follow the alliance dharma and avoid such distasteful statements.” Attacking Oraon, he said, “He could win from Lohardaga only due to the mahagatbandhan between JMM-Congress-RJD. Had he contested alone, he would have known his true worth.”

Singh added that all the parties are getting wary of RJD due to its renewed efforts to consolidate its roots in this state. Notably, RJD supremo Lalu Yadav’s scion and leader of opposition in Bihar, Tejashwi Yadav has become active in state of affairs in Jharkhand in last few months. Every month, he is touring parts of Jharkhand to strengthen the party ahead of the next Lok Sabha and assembly polls. Singh said, “RJD’s increasing footprint and popularity is making others nervous as a result of which some leaders are making certain loose statements,” he said.

JMM-Congress-RJD formed had formed mahagatbandhan (grand alliance) in run up to the 2019 Jharkhand assembly polls. JMM fought on 43 seats, Congress on 31 and RJD on 7 out of 81 total assembly seats. JMM, which is leading the alliance government, currently has 30 seats, Congress 18 and RJD 1.

Oraon, who is also a former state Congress president couldn’t be contacted for his comments as his phone remained out of range when approached by The News Files. His party too maintained silence till the time of filing this report.

(The report will be updated once Congress reactions are received)