Ajsu says no to alliance

Jamshedpur, Jan. 18: Ajsu president and former deputy chief minister Sudesh Mahto is no mood for a tie-up with Congress, JMM or BJP for the next Assembly and Parliamentary elections in the state.

Mahto, who was in the city as a guest during a huge procession of the Sikhs to mark Guru Parab today, told The Telegraph at Circuit House that he welcomed President's Rule and sought early elections to end the political crisis following the collapse of the BJP-JMM-Ajsu combine.

"We have begun a membership drive for a few weeks, seeing the political uncertainty in Jharkhand. We have managed to induct 5 lakh members in the state and plan to raise the membership to 11 lakh by February to boost our party's poll prospects. We want an early election and will not enter into any alliance with Congress or BJP," said Mahto.

The leader whose party has six MLAs in the Assembly said that both Congress and BJP had failed to fulfil the aspirations of the state.

"Neither have helped the state's cause. We were a member of the NDA and tried our best to play the role of a responsible coalition partner in the state. But, in the next elections, we will go it alone and we have begun preparations in the form of lok panchayats in all Lok Sabha seats followed by vidhan sabha meetings in the constituencies," he added.