Jamshedpur: Despite sweltering temperature across the district, candidates vying for Lok Sabha were willing to spend much of their campaigning part at rural belt today. Armed with beverages to beat the heat, candidates were seen sweating to attract the voters.
On the last day for the campaigning for the second phase of polling, the candidates focussed their campaigning to the rural belts of the constituency.
All the three prominent candidates in fray, Vidyut Varan Mahato of Bharatiya Janata Party, Dr Ajoy Kumar of Jharkhand Vikas Morcha and Niroop Mohanty of Jharkhand Mukti Morcha claimed to be the winning candidates of the election at the conclusion of their campaign in the evening. Politicians from outside the district moved out of the constituency at the expiry of the campaign deadline as per the guidelines of Election Commission.
This time candidates spent more time in the rural belts of their parliamentary seat areas. Ghatshila, Potka, Behragora and Jugsalai assembly seats areas are crucial and considered to deciding factors in every parliamentary elections.
The Jamshedpur constituency BJP candidate Vidyut Varan Mahto (51) camped at Potka. “I apprised Bidyutji about the local problems. Lack of irrigation facilities, employment opportunities and problem in health and electricity are the main local issues here,” said Menka Sardar, BJP’s Potka MLA. She informed that Mahto visited different villages and interacted with local people.
She went on to add that Bhumij community plays a crucial position in Potka election with a sizeable populace of over 60,000 while Santhals numbering nearly 50,000 have failed to play a major part as their vote is usually split.
“This is an important election for us and since villages play vital role so it is important to spread party’s message in the rural belt. Moreover, Mahto is quite popular in the villages so it is obvious that our focus would be on rural areas,” Anil Modi, spokesperson, district BJP.
JVM candidate Dr Ajoy Kumar and JMM candidate Niroop Mahanty too went on a roller coaster ride campaigning in different parts of the constituency.
Jamshedpur parliamentary seat is set to witness a triangular fight between sitting MP Dr. Ajoy Kumar from Jharkhand Vikas Morcha, Vidyut Baran Mahato from Bharatiya Janata Party and Niroop Mohanty from Jharkhand Mukti Morcha.
“The Jamshedpur Lok Sabha is quite complicated. Although the urban voters are present in large numbers however, it is the rural voters who are the deciding factor. The party, which is able to grab the maximum votes who be the winner,” said a senior JMM leader.
Teams of polling duty staff were sent to their destinations today by the district administration. Security personnel will take charge of polling booths prior to the beginning of polling process.
The Jamshedpur parliamentary constituency has 15,51,297 voters and 1,626 booths. Jamshedpur will be voting on April 17 to decide the fate of 15 candidates in fray. Presently, Jamshedpur Lok Sabha constituency comprises the six Assembly constituencies of Baharagora, Ghatshila, Potka, Jugsalai, Jamshedpur East and Jamshedpur West.