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TT: Why will people vote for you the second time?

Kumar: I’ve performed well in whatever limited time I have had after winning the 2011 bypoll. I travelled 1.2 lakh km to hear and solve people’s problems, installed solar lights in villages, took steps to repair NH-33, got night trains running after they were discontinued due to rebel attacks and facilitated free treatment for some 80,000

Do you think you would have done more had you got more years as an MP? You just had two years and a half.

I had visions for development before I became an MP. I will carry on with the good work if I win the polls

Will the NaMo wave affect your chances?

There’s no Narendra Modi wave in Jharkhand. I have a very good chance of retaining my seat

How many does the JVM expect?

At least three seats in Jharkhand, maybe four to six

Your views about polarisation of dominant Mahto votes?

I will get more votes from the Mahto community this time. The kind of development work done by me in two-and-a-half years has not been done by any MP is 20 years. District voters will give me five more years

Your priorities?

Improving cleanliness in and around the city. Skills development for rural youths so that they can earn well

Who are you banking on, rural or urban voters?

In 2011, I got both. I hope to repeat that. I am sure my work as an MP will win me brownie points. A candidate’s performance holds the key

What about law and order?

I am no longer in the police and crime doesn’t come under my purview. As an MP I can facilitate legislation to improve law and order not only in Jamshedpur but whole of Jharkhand

Your preparations?

Meetings. Expect door-to-door campaigns soon

Your message to voters?

Please vote. And vote for a person who is accessible and who can raise your voice in Parliament. I raised 55 questions in Parliament in two-and-a-half years


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