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Jamshedpur: Jamshedpur East assembly seat has turned into hottest seat in the State. It is CM versus Saryu Roy in Jamshedpur East.
Breaking his silence, Food and civil supplies minister and senior BJP leader Roy on Sunday announced he would contest as an independent candidate from both Jamshedpur East and West assembly constituencies.
“I have resolved to contest from both the seats. I will be filing my nomination papers at 11 am tomorrow,” he said at his residence in Bistupur today.
Peeved over party’s denial for ticket Roy, whose ticket , said he would lay more emphasis on Jamshedpur East seat from where chief minister Raghubar Das is a 5-time MLA.
Roy, the sitting Jamshedpur West MLA had won the seat in 2005 and 2014. He expressed shock that his name not finding place in the fourth list and had hinted on Saturday that he would contest the elections.
“I would like to inform that East Jamshedpur voters are ready to support me with money and strength. I would continue my fight against corruption and would raise issuse related to Mohurda drinking water project, the closed Incag Industries Limited, ownership rights to 86 bustee dwellers. “I have been raising the issue of ownership rights of 86 bustees dwellers right from the beginning. People are supporting my cause ,” the 68-year BJP veteran said.
Das has been winning the Jamshedpur East constituency by using ownership rights of 86 slum dwellers as a major vote plank for the past two decades.
When questioned that he would reconsider his decision of not contesting as an independent if the BJP gives him the ticket from Jamshedpur West later today, Roy said he would not like to answer hypothetical questions. “I do not want to loose the trust of my supporters,” he told this paper.
Roy’s residence was abuzz with his people including his supporters and members of different social outfits of the steel city.
Earlier, the cabinet minister held a meeting with members of the party core committee and his well wishers. Heads of various Jamshedpur BJP units were also present. He announced his decision to contest as an independent from both the constituencies after the meeting.