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Red letter day for this Naxal

It’s official now. Palamu will have a high-profile CPI-Maoist leader as its representative in the Lok Sabha.

india Updated: May 19, 2009 01:44 IST
M.F. Ahmad

It’s official now. Palamu will have a high-profile CPI-Maoist leader as its representative in the Lok Sabha.

Kameshwar Baitha — currently jailed in Bihar’s Sasaram district — won the seat over his RJD rival Ghuran Ram by 23,538 votes.

He had earlier contested the elections on BSP ticket in 2007. He was then stationed in a Daltonganj jail.

This time the BSP denied him the ticket, following which Baitha contested on the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) ticket.

His success has established the JMM for the first time in Palamu, a Naxal as well as RJD stronghold.

Baitha did not campaign for himself. His wife Deomuniya, son Sanjay and brother Krishna worked day and night to ensure his success.

“We feared irregularities. Thankfully, no such things happened,” Sanjay said with a sigh of relief.