With the beginning of notification for nomination filing for the third phase of LS polls in Jharkhand (April 24) on Saturday, the Dhanbad constituency is all set to witness a multi-cornered contest.
Candidates in Jharkhand await shubh muhurat to file nominations (Illustration: Jayanto)
Apart from Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress, Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (Prajatantrik), Marxist Coordination Committee (MCC) and the Trinamool Congress are all making their presence felt with the help of dedicated supporters and party workers.
However, on Saturday none of the candidates filed their nomination papers owing to the absence of a shubh muhurat.
Incidentally, five days out of seven (barring Sunday) which have been kept for nomination filing in Dhanbad fall under the Vasanti Navratri period. Contestants of all political parties are waiting for it eagerly to file their papers.
According to the Hindu calendar, the Vasanti Navratri period is considered to be an auspicious period for starting any new project. This year, Vasanti Navratri begins from March 31.
Dhanbad would go to polls, along with Godda, Dumka and Rajmahal, on April 24. The dates for filing of nominations are March 29 to April 5. Scrutiny would be held on April 7 and the last date for withdrawal of candidature is April 9.
Interestingly, the first date for filing of nomination for the Dhanbad LS seat (March 29) was the most auspicious day due to Chaturdashi Tithi. According to Pandit Ramesh Chandra Tripathi, Chaturdashi Tithi is considered to be the Amrit Yog (auspicious moment). Any project or plan would get 100% success if it is launched on this day.
But candidates reportedly avoided the day as it was a Saturday. The common perception is that Saturday is not a good day for starting anything new.
Dhanbad sitting MP PN Singh has fixed April 4 for filing nomination papers after consulting astrolegers. “No doubt Singh has searched for the shubh muhurat and would file his nomination papers after visiting Vindhyachal, Sanjay Jha, the BJP spokesperson, said.
Trinamool Congress candidate Dadai Dubey has selected Monday (March 31), the first day of Vasanti Navratri, for filing nomination. Congress nominee Ajay Dubey, JVM(P) nominee Samresh Singh and Marxist Coordination Committee (MCC) candidate Anand Mahto would file nominations on April 2.
However, All India Minority Front (AIMF) candidate Zubair Alam said he did not believe in the position of stars and planets. “Each day is auspicious for us as Allah (God) has given it,” he said. He would file his nomination on April 4.
On Saturday, aspirants were seen canvassing in their respective areas trying to garner the support of the voters. What is actually giving both the BJP and the Congress sleepless nights are three formidable contestants. They include Anand Mahato of MCC, Chandrashekhar Dubey of Trinamool Congress and Samaresh Singh of JVM(P).
Since all the three contestants had got a sizeable number of votes last time, their renewed strategy and formidable alliances this time have brightened their victory chances.
Former minister and JVM(P) nominee Samaresh Singh, who tried his luck on a BSP ticket in 2009, got more than 1.32 lakh votes. He is trying to consolidate his position this time too. MCC candidate AK Roy had got 85,000 votes in the last election. Now, that the party has fielded former Sindri MLA Anand Mahato this time owing to Roy’s illness, the situation is likely to change. Besides this, other Left parties have also extended support to the MCC.