NEW DELHI: Congress has begun talks for a grand Opposition alliance with the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha, Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (Prajatantrik), RJD and the Left parties for the forthcoming elections to the state. The move comes after the party settled the leadership issue in the state.

Though the alliance with JVMP and JMM was not rewarding in the Lok Sabha elections, the Congress is certain it would not be able to take on the BJP's might in the assembly polls without an alliance.

"I have met Babulal Marandiji today and we have initiated talks with JVMP. We have an understanding with JMM and will hold talks on seats next week. The general sentiment is that we should take Left parties along, as they have influence in several seats," Jharkhand Congress president Rameshwar Oraon told ET.

Though several RJD leaders have joined BJP, the Opposition is trying to include it in the alliance to mop up every anti-BJP vote. The BJP-AJSU alliance had won 12 of the 14 seats, and Congress-JMM 2, in the LS polls held months ago.

The five working presidents of the state Congress have been entrusted with different divisions to rejuvenate the cadre and get the poll machinery ready. The party has also started spadework for its manifesto. It plans to make it a state-specific campaign and focus on governance.

"We have failures of the BJP government before us. We don't need any other issue. The BJP government has done nothing to address unemployment, farm distress, economic slowdown, starvation deaths and the state of education in our colleges. We will be highlight the issues during campaign," Oraon said.

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