New Delhi: The Congress and the Jharkhand Mukhti Morcha have finalised an alliance for the Lok Sabha and assembly elections in BJP-ruled Jharkhand. They will be joined in their alliance by Babulal Marandi’s Jharkhand Vikas Morcha and the Rashtriya Janata Dal. (Also read: ‘Mamata or Chandrababu Campaigning in UP Won’t Come to Much,’ Challenges Amit Shah in Jaunpur)

The Congress will lead the alliance in the Lok Sabha polls and is likely to contest in seven out of the 14 LS seats, said a leading daily on Friday. The JMM will be the lead party for the assembly polls, which is expected to be held along with the Lok Sabha polls. Hemant Soren will be the claimant for the CM’s post, said the daily. The JMM will contest four, JVM two and RJD one Lok Sabha seat.

On Thursday, Soren met Congress President Rahul Gandhi and AICC in-charge RPN Singh and PCC chief Ajoy Kumar. AICC general secretaries Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and KC Venugopal were reported to be present at the meeting. On his Facebook post, Rahul posted his photo with Soren and said the two parties were “united in the fight to save democracy”.