In support of Sabita Mahato
Jamshedpur : Peeved over the ‘insult’ meted out by the JMM to late Sudhir Mahto’s widow Sabita has left the Kurmi community fuming.
The tribal party took a Uturn to withdrawn the candidature of Sabita Mahto for Rajya Sabha.
As mark of protest city-based Kurmi Sena has called a Jharkhand bandh on February 5 in protest
against the denial of Rajya Sabha candidature to Sabita.
“It is a matter of shame for us that Sabita has been insulted.
We appeal to the Kurmi community in Jharkhand to come forward and make the bandh a success,”
said Kurmi Sena vice-president Ram Prasad Mahto.
The senior functionary went on to add that the Sena will also protest the presence of political leaders who went against the candidature of Late Sudhir Mahto’s widow when
they come here to participate in his Shradh scheduled on Feb 3 at Sonari residence.
Political analysts are of the opinion that the Sabita factor would have a severe impact
on the Mahto votes in the elections.
Kurmis hold the key to the fate of the candidates in the coming Lok Sabha election.
The community, which constitutes 1.5 lakhs in the total population in the Jamshedpur constituency, has always been a potent political group in the State and a swing in its votes is capable of tilting the political balance.
Jugsalai and Bahragora assembly constituencies have the largest concentration of Kurmi
Meanwhile, Jharkhand People’s Party president Surya Singh Besra also said that several tribal
leaders of Jharkhand Mukti Morcha including Champai Soren and Ramdas Soren should not maintain silence over the rejection of party ticket to Sabita Mahato.
He said the two leaders were keeping mum at a time when many in the JMM and outside were opposing the decision taken by the JMM leaders to not give Rajya Sabha ticket to Savita
He also sought an explanation from the JMM leaders for ‘kneeling down’ before five MLAs of
Rashtriya Janata Dal on the Rajya Sabha ticket issue.
Former JMM parliamentarian from Jamshedpur Shailender Mahto said Shibu Soren and Hemant Soren have hurt the sentiment of the Kurmi community by insulting Sabita.
“I am sure the insult will have an adverse impact on polls in Kolhan as well as Santhal
Pargana region,” he said.
Prominent Kurmi leader Astik Mahto said slain JMM leader Nirmal Mahto, Sudhir’s elder brother played a key role to spread reach of JMM.
The prevailing situation will go a long way in deteriorating the JMM’s influence in the
state,” he added.