Mail News Service
Jamshedpur, May 23: The fight for the Jamshedpur Lok Sabha constituency seat was emphatically over by the third round of counting of votes at the Jamshedpur Cooperative Collegestrong room-cum-vote counting centre. But the excitement of it all prevailed throughout with the exception of the bow and arrow banners that gradually petered out of the boisterous crowd. It was Holi-Dipawali time for the BJP supporters who thronged the College grounds applying abeer on one another and bursting crackers in celebration of an expected win.
The final result showed NDA candidate and sitting BJP parliamentarian Bidyut Baran Mahto winning with 6,79,632 votes in his ballot kitty. Veteran JMM leader, the Grand Alliance candidate and legislator Champai Soren came in second with 3,77,542 votes. Others in the fray, including AJSU Party founder and a once-upon-a-time big political player Surya Singh Besra were mute spectators during the battle of the supremos which was dubbed as a Guru—Chela encounter. The losers were out paced by miles in the race to Parliament with Besra and the others losing their deposits. While the Guru had to bow out of the race a while after it started, the Chela accounted for votes even from the JMM rural bastions to emerge from the shadows of his political mentor.
Apart from BJP members and NDA partners AJSU Party and JD (U) celebrated Bidyut Baran Mahto’s victory. Darshan Singh of Bhalubasa was one of the thousands of voters in celebratory mood. He said, “It (the Jamshedpur Lok Sabha seat victory) is the nation’s victory. The Modi wave based on the work done in the five years by him and his government sank the unholy opposition alliance’s boat.”
The Avenue Mail caught up with Nivedita Aich, a resident of Gandhak Road in Sakchi who was marketing in the fruit market in spite of the steamy afternoon heat. She too was in a chirpy mood and observed, “It is a sensational feeling. I don’t dabble in political matters but I am a fan of Narendra Modi. I support him for his honesty towards his nation building commitments. I felt bad to hear what the opposition parties were saying. But that ended today with BJP emerging winners in this term’s polls. I had prayed at the Sakchi Durga Bari in Chenab Road. I will offer special thanks-giving prayers there today and I am buying fruits for that purpose.”
Further down the road at New Baradwari, Rajiv ‘Raja’ Das, an executive of a firm was kick-starting his motorcycle to go to his office after lunch. On being stopped for a brief chat on the day’s poll count, he stated, “Bidyut Mahto’s win at the hustings has not surprised me at all. He is an NDA candidate and BJP parliamentarian who has so much work to show for his constituency. The Modi sway has certainly added to the sheen of this victory. Moreover, the opposition’s grand alliance is an amalgamation of political parties with no vision for the country but full of personal interests. Their only motto had been to oust Narendra Damodar Modi and the NDA government. How can people trust a Maha Gath Bandhan that is bound to crack? They were on a rudderless boat and that boat sank in the Modi Wave. I am not the only one who is happy. The whole Jamshedpur constituency reflects joy and I am a part of it.”
The observations of the common people, the voters, are reflections of many minds. The whole Jamshedpur LS constituency is observing Holi and Dipawali simultaneously in their hearts and minds. At the end of the day, hopes and expectations do not die but are honoured by people who convert castles in the air to reality as reflected in India that is on a high drive on the road to all round development.