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Former Jharkhand DGP reaches Palamu to assess political ground situation

The latest entry of the ex-DGP on the election stage is an interesting development. If the former top cop manages to get a Congress ticket, it could well be a fight between two ex-DGPs of Jharkhand as the Palamu seat is presently represented by another former Jharkhand DGP Vishnu Dayal Ram.

lok-sabha-elections Updated: Mar 14, 2019 11:51 IST
Vishal Sharma
Vishal Sharma
Hindustan Times, Ranchi
Former state director general of police Rajeev Kumar ( in garland) holds meeting with Congress workers in Daltonganj India, on Wednesday
Former state director general of police Rajeev Kumar ( in garland) holds meeting with Congress workers in Daltonganj India, on Wednesday(HT)
         

Former Jharkhand director general of police Rajeev Kumar, who is reportedly in the race to be the Congress candidate from the Palamu parliamentary seat, reached Palamu on Wednesday and met with the Congress party functionaries.

The latest entry of the ex-DGP on the election stage is an interesting development. If the former top cop manages to get a Congress ticket, it could well be a fight between two ex-DGPs of Jharkhand as the Palamu seat is presently represented by another former Jharkhand DGP Vishnu Dayal Ram.

In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the fight for the Palamu seat was between Ram and veteran Maoist leader Kameshwar Baitha. Ram, who contested on a BJP ticket defeated Kameshwar Baitha who was trying to get re-elected from a Trinamool Congress ticket. Baitha had swept the 2009 Lok Sabha polls on a Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) ticket.

Rajeev Kumar, however, tried to downplay the purpose of his visit to different places in Palamu by saying that he was just another common party worker who was out to strengthen the Congress party at the grassroots level in the Palamu region.

“I am an ‘aam karyakarta’ of the Congress party. I am here to strengthen the party base as the political environment of the county has turned virulent,” said Rajeev Kumar.

Even though the seat sharing deal between the opposition parties in Jharkhand has not been finalised, reports doing the rounds indicate that the Palamu seat might go to Congress.

First Published: Mar 14, 2019 11:51 IST

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