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SUVs zoom through rural roads in Jharkhand to woo voters

Pankaj Kumar  Ranchi, March 27, 2014
First Published: 23:39 IST(27/3/2014) | Last Updated: 23:43 IST(27/3/2014)

Sleek luxury cars will zoom through the rough and tumble of rural Jharkhand as their owners rush to woo voters during the Lok Sabha elections.

Chevrolet Captiva, Ford Endeavour, Range Rover, Audi, Pajero and Scorpios will crisscross the rural locations. Gone are the days when Ambassadors and Mahindra jeeps, one of which was used by JMM chief Sibu Soren during the start of his career in 1980s, used to be a big campaign machines during the elections.

Anosh Ekka, contesting for Khunti seat, owns five such vehicles as per his declaration to the Election Commission. He has already launched campaign on the Scorpio.

Anosh told HT that it was necessary to use such vehicles for campaigning to reach every locality of his Lok Sabha constituency.

However, “at times I use two-wheelers to reach remote locations where reaching by four-wheelers is not possible,” he said.

AJSU candidate from Chatra, Nagmani — who also launched his campaign — said he was utilising two vehicles, Chevrolet Captiva and Ford Endeavour, to touch remote locations in his constituency. He was on his way to Pathargadha village to meet the electorate.

Another AJSU leader and former deputy chief minister Sudesh Mahto is using his Innova for campaigning, whereas BJP candidate Ramtahal Choudhary is using a Scorpio.

Congress candidate for Chatra seat Dhiraj Sahu owns Nissan, Rang Rover and a Pajero car.

However, Chintamani Mahto contesting for Ranchi seat as an independent, relies on his Bullet motorcycle. “I would love to campaign on my Bullet,” said Mahto.

Most surprising is the fact that two prominent candidates, former Union ministers Subodh Kant Sahai and Rameshwar Oroan, own no vehicles, according to their declaration to the EC.

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