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Modi ‘snub’ spurs 3hr JVM protest

More than 500 JVM supporters, led by the party’s Jamshedpur MP Ajoy Kumar, sat on a dharna in Sakchi for being denied audience with BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi who was in the city on Thursday.

While Modi addressed a gathering of 20,000 at Gopal Maidan past 1pm, the JVM began shouted slogans from 11am at Aam Bagan, 4km from the day’s hot spot.

Kumar said he had written to BJP state president Ravinder Rai, senior party leader and former chief minister Arjun Munda and even faxed his request to Modi.

“We wanted to meet Narendra Modi and know how the BJP could give a ticket to a man (read Bidyut Baran Mahto) whose name figures in a 2010 controversy while in their manifesto they promise to wipe out corruption after coming to power,” he said.

Sources added that the JVM had also planned to submit a copy of a tell-tale CD against the party’s nominee to the Gujarat chief minister.

Incidentally, BJP leader Sarayu Roy had unleashed an audio CD threat during the 2011 bypoll, which Kumar won to become the MP. The CD purportedly contained a conversation between the former IPS officer and a CPI(Maoist) area commander.

That case is still pending with the CID.

The JVM dharna continued till 2.30pm till Modi left the city on a special flight.

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