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Woman power to replace Cong MP

Patna, March 22: The Congress has eventually fielded its firebrand woman face, Jyoti, from north Bihar’s Gopalganj Lok Sabha seat.

It is the third time that the Grand Old Party has changed its candidate on the Gopalganj seat, which party insiders described as the high command’s seriousness about the polls in the state. “It shows the party’s consistent endeavour to field potent candidates on key seats,” the party’s media in-charge, Premchand Mishra, said.

The Congress has replaced Purnamasi Ram a sitting MP from Gopalganj, with Jyoti on the seat. Purnamasi has been shifted to Valmiki Nagar, his home constituency in north Bihar’s West Champran district. Initially, the party had fielded Dilip Majhi in Gopalganj who was replaced by Purnamasi on Thursday.

Jyoti represented Sahar segment in the Bihar Assembly thrice in the 1980s and 1990s. Jyoti put up a spirited fight against the Indian People’s Front and its later avatar, the CPI-ML (Liberation) that dominated the politics in the old Sahabad region for over two decades.

Whether she would find it alien to contest the seat, Jyoti said: “I was president of the women’s cell of the Bihar Congress for 12 years before bifurcation of the state. I have worked intensively in many parts of the state, including the Champaran region and Gopalganj. I will feel more at home in Gopalganj.”

Jyoti also reposed her faith in RJD chief Lalu Prasad asserting: “Gopalganj is Laluji’s home. I am sure the RJD boss will put in all his efforts to ensure Congress’s victory on his home turf.”

Jyoti is a close relative of LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan whose daughter is married to her son. But Jyoti ruled out any personal enmity in politics: “Relationship is a personal and family affair. I do not think it will affect our politics.”


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