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Mayoral polls likely in June

Ranchi, March 22: The Ranchi mayoral elections, which was countermanded last April after recovery of Rs 22 lakh cash purportedly meant to influence voting in favour of Congress-backed Rama Khalkho, is likely to take place in the last week of June.

Joint election commissioner of the State Election Commission (SEC) Ashok Kumar Verma informed this today.

“The date has not been finalised yet. But yes, we expect the mayoral election for Ranchi Municipal Corporation to take place any day in the last week of June,” Verma said.

Earlier, sources at the SEC had said that in all likelihood, the election would take place on June 26 and the notification would be issued on May 25.

Deputy commissioner of Ranchi Vinay Kumar Choubey spoke on similar lines.

“One of the tentative dates is June 26. But only the election commission can give the final date,” he said.

The Ranchi mayoral polls, which was held on April 8 last year, was countermanded as the day before, police seized Rs 21.90 lakh from Hotel City Palace near Lalpur Chowk where former mayor Rama Khalkho, who was seeking a re-election, and Congress leaders were thrashing out poll strategies.

With fingers pointing at horse-trading attempts, an FIR was registered under the non-bailable Section 414 of the IPC, naming Khalkho, Congress leader Niranjan Sharma and his employee Sudhir Sahu.

Sharma and Sahu were arrested, but Khalkho escaped. An arrest warrant was issued against her on April 9. She surrendered after 56 days on June 4 and got bail in November.


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