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Ajsu reveals first four names

Ranchi, March 13: Dynasty politics can also scale up the family tree.

Ajsu chief Sudesh Mahto’s father-in-law Umesh Chandra Mehta, as well as three others, today got nominated for four Lok Sabha seats.

These include Mehta for Giridih, Niel Tirkey from Khunti, Nazrul Hasan Hashmi from Koderma and Loknath Mahto from Hazaribagh.

Ajsu parliamentary board announced the names of these candidates. While elections in Koderma will be held on April 10, elections in the remaining three constituencies in question will be held on April 17.

The major point of interest is Mehta’s candidature.

Sudesh is married to the botany professor’s elder daughter Neha.

Fifty-eight-year-old Mehta has been long associated with Giridih, Dhanbad and Bokaro as principal of different colleges. At present, he is the principal of Ranchi College.

“I have been long association with Giridih and its neighbouring districts. So I know the area and people,” Mehta, who has been credited with publication of 45 research papers in botany in national and international journals, said.

The varsity rule allows a serving academic to enter politics. Mehta has around eight years left in the job.

Hashmi, whose name was declared for Koderma, was looking after the party’s poll preparations in the particular constituency for many months.

Koderma, though a traditional BJP stronghold, has been held by JVM president Babulal Marandi for the last one decade or so. Former BJP MLA from Barkagaon Loknath Mahto will contest from Hazaribagh seat. Joining Ajsu, he vowed to avenge his “humiliation” by the BJP.

Former Congress Simdega district president and former MLA Niel Tirkey got the Khunti ticket. He formally joined the party yesterday after being denied the Contest ticket.

Sudesh said the remaining 10 candidates would be announced soon.

JD-U decision

The JD (U) today resolved to contest eight Lok Sabha seats and support left parties in Hazaribagh, Ranchi, Dumka, Dhanbad, Rajmahal and Chatra. It will not support the CPI ML (Liberation) in Koderma.