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Come February 17 and former Chief Minister and President of the Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (JVM), Babulal Marandi can return to his old party-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

The homecoming (Ghar Wapsi) of Marandi is expected to take place in presence of Union Home Minister Amit Shah in Ranchi.

As it is, Marandi had met party president J.P. Nadda and national vice president, Om Prakash Mathur, in New Delhi on February 8 and discussed the affairs related to Ghar Wapsi.

Now, it is almost certain that the JVM can call an executive body meeting on Tuesday where a resolution to merge the party with the BJP can be passed.

"Till now there is no decision to join the BJP. Any such thing will be decided in the executive body meeting of the party," said Marandi.

The BJP is looking forward to reviving the party's image among the tribal community. The first non-tribal Chief Minister Raghubar Das was not accepted by the tribal community and the party had to suffer a loss in the majority of the tribal seats in the 2019 Assembly polls.

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