Neena Vyas

NEW DELHI: The Bharatiya Janata Party’s core committee on Thursday held a meeting with party leaders from Assam and Jharkhand. The meeting, chaired by BJP president Rajnath Singh, assessed the political mood in the States and discussed possible allies for the coming Lok Sabha elections.

Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha L.K. Advani was present.

The BJP’s central leadership is inclined towards arriving at an electoral understanding with the Asom Gana Parishad in Assam. It seems preliminary talks are already under way through contacts at the highest level in the two parties. However, it was felt that the State leadership’s view on the issue should be considered.

In Jharkhand, the BJP continues to toy with the idea of having a tie-up with the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha, currently in the United Progressive Alliance camp. The party is also considering mending fences with the former BJP leader, Babulal Marandi, who heads his own political outfit in the State.

Similar exercises

The two meetings were part of a series of similar exercises planned for several States. On Friday, the core committee is scheduled to meet leaders from Haryana and Maharashtra, while on Saturday a similar exercise will be taken up for Punjab.

The question of new allies will be relevant for Haryana alone.