Jamshedpur: Jharkhand Mukti Morcha candidate for the Parliamentary election from Jamshedpur constituency Niroop Mohanty filed his nomination today in the company of Chief Minister Hemant Soren.
Soren stood with Mohanty throughout the nomination process at the office of the deputy commissioner-cum-district returning officer Dr Amitabh Kaushal. Mohanty filled out the nomination form while sitting in the corridor of the DC office with the CM. It took him around 90 minutes to submit the form.
Besides Mohanty, two others, Om Prakash Anand and Hari Oraon, both independent, also filed their nomination today. Tomorrow, the Bharatiya Janata Party candidate Vidyut Varan Mahato will be filing his nomination from Jamshedpur. A total of nine candidates will be filing their nomination tomorrow as it will be the last day as per the notification issued by the Election Commission.
Soon after the successful filing of nomination papers, Soren gave his good wishes to Mohanty for the latter’s maiden Parliamentary election and said that the JMM and its alliance partners, Congress and RJD were going to register thumping victory on all the 14 seats in the elections in Jharkhand.
The CM arrived at the Sonari Airport around 1 pm. He also attended a conference of party workers at Aam Bagan, Sakchi, and later met party workers at Uliyan, Kadma.
A number of Congress and JMM leaders were present outside the DC office during Mohanty’s nomination. State minister Champai Sorewn, central committee member and spokesperson of JMM Supriyo Bhattacharya, district Congress president Ravindra Jha, Ajay Singh, Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Ambika Banerjee and many other leaders were among those present during the nomination.
Surprisingly, the Congress MLA from Jamshedpur West Assembly constituency Banna Gupta was conspicuous by his absence during the filing of nomination papers by the JMM candidate Niroop Mohanty.
He was neither seen at the election meetings at the party election office nor found during Mohanty’s nomination at the DC office.
Sources revealed that Gupta was disappointed after he failed to get any invitation from JMM and Congress leaders for attending the nomination process. As a result, Gupta found it better to remain away from the scene, sources said.