It’s a twin role for the chiefs of regional parties in Jharkhand this general elections.
AJSU chief Sudesh Mahato in an SUV in Ranchi. (Parwaz Khan/HT Photo)
JVM(P)’s Babulal Marandi, AJSU’s Sudesh Mahato and JMM’s Sibu Soren have double roles to fulfil this time - that of canvassing for themselves as well as endorsing their party nominees representing other seats.
However, in the case of Sibu, his son and chief minister Hemant Soren is there to shoulder the responsibility to a great extent. Hemant will endorse for his father in Dumka from where the elder Soren is in fray.
JVM(P) is contesting on all the 14 seats in Jharkhand while AJSU Party has so far declared candidates from nine seats. JMM, which is in alliance with Congress, will contest from four seats.
It is a major challenge for JVM(P) chief Babulal Marandi and JMM supremo Sibu Soren, as they have locked horns in Dumka. AJSU chief Sudesh Mahato will contest from the Ranchi LS seat.
With the ending of nomination filing for 10 LS seats in the first and second phases, Marandi and Soren have already started campaigning in Dumka as well as other constituencies for their respective party candidates. The AJSU chief will start his election meetings in a day or two.
Marandi is holding three to five public meetings a day from March 25. “With election dates nearing, the number of meetings will touch six to eight a day,” Rajendra Tiwary, the personal secretary of Marandi, said. JVM(P) has booked a helicopter to reach out to a maximum number of people in the shortest possible time.
To give a tough fight to Marandi, the JMM supremo has also started election rallies and is addressing four to five public meetings a day. “Sibu is the candidate from Dumka seat and also the face of the party. Therefore, his schedule is packed,” JMM spokesperson Supriyo Bhattacharya said.
The AJSU Party has also worked out a campaign plan for its chief. Sudesh Mahato will address five to six public meetings a day initially that would go up to eight to nine meetings later. Mahato is currently busy with party workers representing different constituencies. “The party chief is attending about 50 worker’s meetings a day,” AJSU spokesperson Himanshu said. The party has also booked a chopper for its chief to ensure smooth