Sitting MP Bidyut Baran Mahto wins by over 3 lakh votes
16 candidates get less votes than NOTA
Mail News Service
Jamshedpur, May 23: Riding on a strong wave of Narendra Modi coupled with Kurmi vote card, BJP candidate Bidyut Baran Mahto trounced his arch rival and Opposition Grand Alliance’s JMM candidate Champai Soren to retain the Jamshedpur Lok Sabha seat in style.
The BJP candidate retained his seat by defeating Soren by a margin of over three lakh votes. Mahto, who had switched over from JMM just before 2014 elections, proved right for the party again.
Soon after his victory, Mahto said that he would like to thank over 11 lakh voters who trusted him and decided to favour him to represent them again in Parliament.
Later talking to reporters an elated Mahto, clad in light yellow shirt and black trousers, said: “It’s definitely the victory of people of Jamshedpur. My immediate concern is to ensure that I fulfill all the promises I have made. Focus will be on education and health. I would like to make Jamshedpur an educational hub.”
“Bidyut Baran Mahto is hugely popular among the Kurmis (with a population of nearly 1.5 lakh in Jamshedpur parliamentary constituency) and during his stint as Baharagora MLA and Jamshedpur MP had good rapport with rural voters in the remaining four assembly segments of Ghatshila, Baharagora, Potka and Jugsalai. He focused his campaigning in the rural belt that played an important part in our victory,” said Dinesh Kumar, BJP district president.
Meanwhile Champai Soren who remained at the JMM camp near the strong room later told media persons that he himself was surprised over his defeat.
“I did my level best and I accept the mandate of the people. I will try and study assembly wise performance,” said the grand alliance JMM candidate who refused to accept the Modi wave as one of the reasons for his defeat at the LS hustings.
NOTA got a total of 5813 votes after the final round of counting concluded. Of the total 23 candidates fighting form the Jamshedpur Lok Sabha constituency, 16 candidates got fewer votes than NOTA
According to poll pundits, between 1989 and 2007, Mahto voters had played a crucial role in electing MPs for six terms that included Shailendra Mahto, Abha Mahto, Sunil Mahto and Suman Mahto. JMM was pinning hopes on adivasi and Bhumij votes but Champai Soren failed to woo Adivasi votes especially in the rural assembly segments of Ghatshila, Potka and Baharagora that played spoilsport with his parliamentary dreams.
In 2011 by-election Ajoy Kumar had won the prestigious Jamshedpur Lok Sabha seat with a record margin defeating his nearest rival, Dineshanand Goswami of BJP by 1,55,727 votes.
The Singhbhum seat was wrested by Congress hope Geeta Koda who defeated sitting MP and BJP state president Laxman Gilua by a margin of over 76,000 votes.