Ichargarh : Sitting BJP MLA Sadhu Charan Mahato faces tough contest

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Campaign intensifies at Ichargarh, candidates toil hard in padyatras

Jamshedpur: Candidates are toiling hard in padyatras and interacting with voters during 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 with campaigning set to conclude tomorrow 3 pm.

Sabita Mahato (45) along with his daughter Sneha Mahato (19) held separate padyatras as part of strategy to get in touch with more number of masses before end of election campaigning.

“ I am grateful for the support I am getting. Our government will give to every poor Rs 3 lakh for construction of house, our government will provide free education to girls till they continue education.,” said Sabita Mahato while interacting voters.

 Significantly, Sabita’s husband and former Jharkhand deputy CM Sudhir Mahato had represented Ichagarh in 1990 and 2005 and had died in January 2014 due to massive heart attack at Ghatshila in East Singhbhum.

 Sitting MLA, Sadhu Charan Mahato today conducted padyatra in Khukru haat in Chandil block of the Ichagarh assembly constituency. “ People are with us. In my tenure I have constructed 450 km of road, 500 minor ponds and provided electricity in 175 villages,” said Sadhu Charan Mahato while interacting with villagers at Chandil.

He has been in news for bad news. She allegedly assaulted the district land acquisition officer Dipu Kumar on February 22. The police had filed FIR against Ichagarh BJP legislator in an assault case that took place last at Raghunathpur village in Nimdih.

 Incidentally, UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath and Union textile minister Smriti Irani had campaigned for Sadhu Charan Mahato earlier this month.

 Ajsu’s Hare Lal Mahato a debutante in assembly elections today conducted padyatras in Chilgu panchayat of Chandil under Ichagarh assembly and has planned a massive bike rally in different blocks of Ichagarh assembly constituency tomorrow.

 Independent candidate and three times MLA (1995, 2000 and 2009), Arvind Singh alias Malkhan Singh addressed village meetings at Nimdiih and Kapali today.

Singh has been active raising issues of the Subernarekha Multipurpose Project (SMP) affected families and sought additional compensation funds in line with the revised R&R policy. 

Arvind Singh had asked the state government to ensure reevaluation of the acquired land of the affected families within the framework of the revised R&R police and announce fresh compensation package to the affected families. Residents of 116 villages displaced over three decades ago due to the multi-purpose Swarnarekah Multi-purpose Project (SMP), were forced to lead a miserable life owing to “indifferent approach of the government in disbursing the compensation

 The former legislator from Ichagarh Assembly constituency, which encompasses Chandil block, said that owing to the administrative malfunctioning and irregularities in the distribution of the compensation funds several of the villagers are yet to collect their due.

Incidentally, Ichagarh with 2.92 lakh voters and 337 polling booth will go to polls on December 12.

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