Ranchi: No clearance has been made so far regarding the names of candidate contesting for Rajya Sabha election by any of the party. JMM after being adamant of fielding candidate in the election was called on by Congress President Sonia Gandhi. However the process of speculation is still continuing between the allies of Mahagathbandhan.
On the other hand opinion discussions are going on in BJP regarding the candidate. The reason for this is to seek the support of the Jharkhand Democratic Front. Presently, the ruling JMM is the only party with sufficient number of MLAs to prove its dominancy in the forth coming election.
JMM candidate is sure to win. At the same time, BJP needs two MLAs to make its candidate win. The main opposition BJP has a total of 26 MLAs including Babulal Marandi. Sindri MLA of BJP Indrajit Mahto is currently undergoing treatment in Hyderabad. There is a possibility that due to health reasons, he could not participate in the election. In such a situation, BJP will need 2 MLAs for its victory figures. This requirement makes the role of Jharkhand Democratic Front a game changer.
The role of Jharkhand Democratic Front in this Rajya Sabha election is also important because if they do not support BJP, then the situation of second preference vote will become. In this situation, JMM and Congress together can easily bag the second seat. This is the reason why talks are going on in Delhi under the top leadership of JMM-Congress.