Chitrasen Singh Sinku, the Congress candidate for the Singhbhum Lok Sabha seat, never sets out for a journey without seeing his fields. Like other farmers in the area, he believes that this would bring good luck.
Sinku started his day at 5 am by visiting his paddy farm, meeting elders and having tea with close aides to chart out his plan. He is known to be honest without any criminal charge. He hit the dusty roads not with a convoy but with just an SUV, his Tata Safari, to cover most villages before campaigning ends on April 15.
“It is good luck they say to see the sun from your farm before leaving,” said Sinku, as he rushed from his home in Majhgoan block of West Singhbhum to address a public meeting at Jagannathpur at 10 am on Sunday.
He is known for his quiet and pleasant behaviour, but it was a tough for him to get a Congress ticket. The senior leader got a chance after the state Congress opposed the high command’s plan to field Geeta Koda, wife of former Jharkhand chief minister Madhu Koda, who faces charges of corruption.
“Yes, Geeta Koda, independent candidate from Singhbhum, is my arch rival, but I believe my clean image will help me win the election,” said Sinku.
On reaching Jagannathpur, the bastion of the Jai Bharat Samanta Party and its candidate Geeta Koda, the Congressman alighted from his SUV and met supporters. People were waiting for him at the town’s main bazaar.
“The Congress party believes in inclusive growth. It is a national party with a better approach than the BJP. Support the party intended for all,” said Sinku addressing a gathering of around 150 people, who thronged from the local haat (village market) to hear him.
At mid-day Sinku met district Congress leaders and village heads.
After this is scheduled a 20 minute meeting with union minister Jairam Ramesh where Sinku gave a report on his
“On Tuesday we plan a rally from Jagannathpur to Chaibasa along with Jairam,” said Sinku. He said this would have a big impact on voters. “The union minister would himself appeal for support,” he said.
After a lunch of dal-bhaat, Sinku set out for Hat Gamharia to discuss the big rally. The discussion drew a crowd of supporters at a makeshift party office. Sinku also invited people to join him in a door-to-door campaign.
“I have a good chance of garnering votes here. This is a Congress bastion,” he said. The white SUV moves down the National Highway-75E stopping at Jhinkpani and many other small towns to spread the Congress’s message.
Finally the SUV halted for the night at Chaibasa. “Work is not over. I have another meeting. Wish me luck in this election,” said Sinku.