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Jharkhand by-polls: 3rd member of Soren family elected in a ruling alliance show

Hindustan Times, Ranchi | ByVishal Kant | Edited by Abhinav Sahay
Nov 10, 2020 08:53 PM IST

Sita Soren, wife of late Durga Soren, eldest son of Shibu Soren, represents Jama seat in the Jharkhand assembly. JMM chief Shibu Soren is currently a member of the Rajya Sabha.

The ruling allies Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) and the Congress retained their assembly seats in the Jharkhand by-polls on Tuesday, even as Basant Soren, youngest of the three sons of JMM patriarch Shibu Soren, became the third person of the political family to become a member of the current Jharkhand assembly.

Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) candidate Basant Soren along with party workers celebrates his victory in the Dumka Assembly by-election.(PTI Photo)
Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) candidate Basant Soren along with party workers celebrates his victory in the Dumka Assembly by-election.(PTI Photo)

41-year-old Basant defeated former BJP minister Lois Marandi by over 6,842 votes in party stronghold of Dumka, the constituency vacated by his elder brother and incumbent chief minister Hemant Soren after he won Dumka and Barahit in December 2019 assembly elections and decided to retain the latter.

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Sita Soren, wife of late Durga Soren, eldest son of Shibu Soren, represents Jama seat in the Jharkhand assembly. JMM chief Shibu Soren is currently a member of the Rajya Sabha.

In Bermo assembly seat, Jai Mangal Singh, son of Congress veteran Rajendra Singh, won by over 14,225 votes, defeating former BJP legislator Yogeshwar Mahto Batul. The seat fell vacant after Rajendra Singh, who was representing the seat for the sixth time, died of illness in May.

The ruling JMM-Congress-RJD combine had won a comfortable majority in the assembly polls in December, and just over 10 months later they retained the two seats in the by-polls.

The result would give the alliance a political boost as the opposition BJP had been targeting the Hemant Soren-led government over a host of issues including law and order, implementation of electoral promises and health management during the corona pandemic, besides alleged nepotism.

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Though the ruling allies retained their seats, their margin of victory in both seats dipped compared to the margin in 2019. Rajendra Singh had won from Bermo by over 25,000 votes, while Hemant Soren had won from Dumka by over 13,000 votes.

“We are grateful to voters who despite corona pandemic exercise their franchise and participated in the festival of democracy. I thank them for showing faith in a Jharkhandi government. I also thank the workers of the allies JMM and Congress for their hard work” said CM Hemant Soren in a tweet in Hindi.

Jharkhand BJP spokesperson Pratul Shadeo said the party accepts the verdict with humility.

“Sympathy dominated the misgovernance and helped the Congress candidate in Bermo. In Dumka, the margin of the JMM candidate’s win has reduced by half as compared to 2019 despite the ruling party using the entire might of the state in favour of Basant Soren,” Shahdeo said.

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