Jamshedpur: Stalwarts of Jharkhand politics on Monday received major setback as the results of the Assembly polls were announced. Chief Minister Raghubar Das faced humiliating defeat from his arch rival Saryu Roy by a margin of 15,725 votes. BJP rebel leader defeated sitting CM. The outcome of the crucial 14 Assembly seats only goes to show that the voters favoured change this time. JMM bagged maximum seats from Kolhan.
All eyes remained glued to Jamshedpur East seat. Though Raghubar Das took early lead but as the counting moved ahead Roy started bouncing back and by the end of fifth round Roy had taken a lead over about 5,000 votes and by the end of 11th round the lead was more than 11,000 votes.
Das had won the 2014 assembly polls from Jamshedpur East with a margin of 70,157 against nearest Congress rival Anand Bihari Dubey. Apart from Roy, the Chief Minister was also challenged by Congress Party’s national spokesperson and XLRI Jamshedpur Professor Gourav Vallabh and JVM’s central secretary Abhay Singh.
In an another setback, the son of first Health Minister of Jharkhand Dr Dinesh Sarangi and sitting MLA from Bahagora Kunal Sarangi was defeated by Samir Mahanty by a margin of more than 50,000 votes.
In Manoharpur sear, Joba Manjhi from JMM defeated BJP’s Gurcharan Nayak by a margin of 16019 votes. Manjhi bagged 50945 votes while her rival bagged 34926 votes, in Majhgaon Niral Purty ( 67750) defeated BJP’s Bhupender Pingua by 47192 votes. Pingua polled 20558 votes.
In Jugsalai Assembly seat young face from JMM Mangal Kalindi turned out to be dark horse by defeating sitting MLS AJSU’s Ramchandra Sahis.
In Potka, Menaka Sardar gave BJP a good opening by defeating JMM MLA Amulyo Sardar by 15,710 votes. Congress candidate Subodh Sardar gave close fight but could not maintain the flow of votes. Subodh received 28,385 votes and Amulyo ended up third with 24,589 votes.
Apart from Jamshdpur East, Jamshedpur West turned out to be another interesting fight. Though the leader of BJP Devendranath Singh was leading till 17th round but in the last few rounds Congress candidate Banna Gupta bounced back and turned out to be crucial. Despite all odds Congress candidate Banna Gupta managed to cover the gap and by 18th round despite lagging and defeated Devendra Singh by more than 22,000 votes.
With every lead that Saryu Roy and Banna Gupta took from Jamshedpur East and Jamshedpur West respectively, their party workers bursted fire crackers and rejoiced by dancing on drums.
The high flying flags of cylinders, Congress and JMM and the confidence of the party workers conveyed the inclination since afternoon.
Roy who was inside the college campus since 10 am left the campus at around 12:45 pm and was welcomed with huge roars by his supporters. Roy with folded hands and thanked everybody for his support while Congress candidate Banna Gupta was inside the college campus sounded confident.
Party cadres from JMM had the maximum reason to celebrate with gulal and drums- four seats – Baharagora, Jugsalai, Potka and Ghatshila all went to the JMM kitty.