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Jamshedpur, April 19 : BJP’s Sakchi unit today conducted a meeting at EktaBhawan in Sakchi. The meeting discussed on the strategies to be followed to ensure party candidate BidyutBaranMahto’s win with a large margin of votes from the Jamshedpur Lok Sabha seat.
Apart from BJP district president Dinesh Kumar Sahu, the meeting was also attended by senior party leaders Gurdev Singh Raja and Chandra Shekhar Mishra.
Jamshedpur parliamentary seat is set to witness an interesting fight as six parties have declared their candidates. Apart from sitting BJP MP BidyutBaranMahto, JMM candidate Champai Soren, Jharkhand People’s Party has declared former MLA Surya Singh Besra as its candidate. On the other hand AamAdmi Party (AAP) is trying luck on RTI activist Dinesh Mahto, while Trinamool Congress has declared AnjanaMahto as its candidate from Jamshedpur seat. Jharkhand Party has declared Santosh Pandey as its candidate.
The Jamshedpur parliamentary constituency has 15,51,297 voters. Lok Sabha constituency comprises the following six Vidhan Sabha (legislative assembly) segments BaharagoraGhatshila, Potka, Jugsalai, Jamshedpur East and Jamshedpur West. Incidentally, there are nearly 1885 polling booths in as many as 1133 polling locations across the district which represents Jamshedpur Parliamentary constituency. The Steel city will go to poll on May 12. JMM has won four times from the coveted seat.
BJP is banking more on the ‘Modi mania’ to woo voters of Jamshedpur East and West – the two urban assembly segments of the Jamshedpur Lok Sabha constituency. According to information, realising the fact that BidyutBaranMahto is the Kurmi face, the polls pandits of BJP have advised Mahto to focus his campaigning more in the rural areas, while in the city the other senior leaders will take over the charge.
“We are relying on popularity of NaMo to woo voters in the urbans areas of East and West Jamshedpur. While Mahto has been asked to devote time in rural areas to connect with the tribal sentiments,” said a BJP district functionary. Opining similar sentiments a senior BJP leader said that the party has been able to revolutionise people in favour of Modi. There is a Modi wave in Jamshedpur and the party has an edge in the city.
Anil Modi district spokesperson informed that Mahto will focus more on rural segments – Potka, Bahragora, Ghatshila and Jugsalai. He is well known in the rural areas and his stint as a JMM MLA from Bahragora has also left a mark on the voters. He enjoys good rapport in villages. He also informed that Narendra Modi is also expected to address a public meeting in Ghatshila in May.
“We are working as a team. Mahto will be leading campaign in rural areas while other senior leaders are on door-to-door campaign in Jamshedpur,” noted another BJP district unit functionary said on condition of anonymity. He said that the response in the city has been overwhelming.
However, BJP district president said Mahto is a localite and not an outsider like Champai Soren who hails from Seraikela. Soren will leave Jamshedpur once he looses.