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Jamshedpur: Candidates put last minute efforts in padyatras and interacting with voters during last day of campaigning for Ichagarh assembly seat in the neighbouring Seraikela-Kharsawan district under Ranchi parliamentary constituency. The constituency which is witnessing contest between BJP sitting MLA Sadhu Charan Mahato, JMM’s Sabita Mahato, Ajsu’s Hare Lal Mahato and Independent Arvind Kumar Singh saw most of the candidates undertaking padyatra.
Independent candidate and three times MLA (1995, 2000 and 2009), Arvind Singh alias Malkhan Singh addressed village meetings at Nimdiih and Kapali today.
“You all know what has happened to you in the last five years. I do not need to tell much about myself. Even after losing election I was with you and will continue to be with you in future,” says Arvind Singh.
Significantly, Arvind had won as an Independent in 1995 and on BJP ticket in 2001 and on JVM ticket in 2009.
“I am confident of my victory people are themselves coming out in my support after being cheated by the sitting MLA who had promised to arrange compensation for being displaced for Subernarekha Multi-purpose Project and also assured of job. But nothing has happened. There is a huge anti-incumbency against sitting MLA,’ said Arvind Singh. Incidentally, Ichagarh with 2.92 lakh voters and 337 polling booth will go to polls on December 2.
Meanwhile, security has been beefed up in bordering areas of Seraikela-Kharsawan district. An official said that necessary arrangments have also been made for deployment of forces in the district for the smooth conduct of simultaneous polls. There is no dearth of police personnel during elections. He added that checkpoints across district have been tightened. The police are fully geared up for the elections and all measures would be been taken to ensure free and fair elections.
“The safety and security of the political leaders along with the voters is indeed a serious matter that requires much attention during the elections and district administration has worked in this direction,” said an official.
“Naxal activities have increased in the district over the years however, government agencies have taken care of it but, campaigning has not suffer due to Maoist threat, hopefully,” said a JMM leader.
It may be mentioned that security forces comprising of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Railway Protection Special Force (RPSF), Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), Jharkhand Jaguar assault groups,
Jharkhand armed police, a battalion of Maharashtra state armed police, district police and home guards have been deployed to ensure peaceful polling under threat of Naxalite effort to disrupt the polling.