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Hockey scion, ex-IAS in Cong

Ranchi, March 3: One is a former IAS, while the other moved to the corporate world from a family linked to sport and politics. And if one studied at UK’s Durham University and later Mayo College, Ajmer, the other is a proud alumnus of Loyola School, Jamshedpur, and later, Madras Christian College.

Meet Binod Kispotta (55) and Jayant Jaipal Singh (57) who will henceforth share a common entry in their CVs: joined the Congress in Ranchi today.

Jayant, who has served as general manager (corporate affairs) of Essar Group, chief resident representative of Tata Steel in Ranchi and general manager (business development) with Lanco Infratech Ltd, said joining Congress was a well thought out decision.

“We have a long association with the Congress and it was only a matter of time when I would join,” he told The Telegraph after a simple function held at the party’s Shraddhanand Road office in the capital.

His is a sporting family that has always been closely associated with politics. His father, the legendary hockey player known as Marang Gomke, was a member of the Constituent Assembly and merged his own Jharkhand Party with the Indian National Congress in 1963.

Jayant, who had fought Lok Sabha elections as an Independent from the reserved (SC) Khunti seat in 1984, isn’t sure from where would contest this time.

“I have joined the party to serve society. It is the party’s prerogative to decide from where to field me,” he said.

Kispotta, a 1987 batch officer of the Manipur-Tripura cadre, resigned from the services in 2012. He felt the Congress was the only secular party that could take along all sections of society.

“I like its principles, ideology and style of functioning. I have great faith in the leadership of Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi,” said the former Loyola school student who came back to Jamshedpur after graduating from Madras Christian College to earn a diploma from XLRI.

A native of Simdega district, Kispotta worked on deputation in Jharkhand during 1996-2004. He also served as deputy commissioner in various districts, including Dhanbad and Gumla.

As for contesting, he doesn’t know yet whether it will be during the coming Lok Sabha or Vidhan Sabha elections.