Jamshedpur: Former Tata Steel vice president Nirup Mohanty will be contesting Parliamentary election from Jamshedpur on a Jharkhand Mukti Morcha ticket. His candidature was announced by district party president Ramesh Hansda and secretary Mohan Karmakar on Wednesday.
“Nirup Mohanty has had a clean career record in the corporate world and has long been associated with Jamshedpur. The people have a good option to elect him as the MP of Jamshedpur,” said the JMM leaders during a press conference at Kadma.
The JMM president said the applications for the party ticket sent by few party leaders earlier had been withdrawn in support of Mohanty. “All party workers are of the opinion that Nirup Mohanty should contest the election and ensure victory of the party through the support of the people. The people should go for the right candidate who may ensure the development of the constituency and work sincerely for them,” Hansda said.
Mohanty said he had an old connection with Jamshedpur as well as the state. “My mother hails from Seraikela while father is from Orissa. I was brought up in this city. After completing my studies in New Delhi and America, I remained here in the city for a long time,” Mohanty said recalling his experience in the steel city.
Mohanty said the poor condition of education and health facilities in the state will be main issues for him in the election. “I will first talk to the people and find out their problems and then provide solutions,” he said.
Mohanty said his opposition in the party was only temporary and that now party workers were with him with full dedication.
District president of JMM, when asked about the burning of Mohanty’s effigy at Baridih Chowk by some party workers, said he had no such information.
Commenting on former party leader Vidyutvaran Mahato joining the BJP, Hansda said Mahato had taken the step under the influence of certain BJP leaders. “Many more party leaders are under the influence. Such leaders will be dealt with strictly by the party in the coming days,” he said.