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Modi peps up BJP canvass in last leg JVM
JMM go all out to garner votes

Jamshedpur, April 12: Candidates have embarked on the final leg of their grinding quest for victory in the coveted Jamshedpur constituency, pulling out all the stops to garner support in the run-up to the April 17 polling.

The campaigning will end on April 15.

The BJP’s face for the elections Narendra Modi’s recent rally has pepped up the party unit, whose electioneering hitherto lacked blitz. While party cadres have stepped up their door-to-door visits, senior leaders Arjun Munda and Sarayu Roy, who were conspicuous by their absence, have also jumped on the bandwagon.

The former chief minister did a public show at Bagbera yesterday evening for party candidate Bidyut Baran Mahto, while Roy, one of the ticket aspirants, took part in a road show in Jamshedpur West Assembly segment.

District BJP president Rajkumar Srivastav said party workers became really excited after Modi’s visit on April 10. “Modi’s rally has added a spark to our campaigns. We have to take advantage of this within limited time,” he said, adding senior leaders, like Raghubar Das and Dineshanand Goswami, had also joined the canvassing.

Bidyut Baran, a JMM turncoat, toured rebel-hit Ghudabanda, Musabani and Chakulia this morning and returned to the city in the evening. “I am getting good support. My confidence has increased after Modi’s visit,” Bidyut said over phone from Ghudabanda.

The JVM, on the other hand, is putting in all efforts to prevent its main rival BJP to tilt the balance in its favour at the last moment.

JVM’s sitting MP Ajoy Kumar took a whirlwind tour of Sakchi, Mango, Ghatshila, Asanboni, Jaduguda and Musabani today to make full use of the remaining days. “I am reaching out to people, asking them to vote for the candidate who can develop Jamshedpur constituency. We have to make the most of the time available to us,” said Kumar.

UPA-backed JMM nominee Niroop Mahanty has received a shot in the arm with the Congress joining the campaign. Besides, the Intuc-affiliated trade unions have thrown their weight behind Mahanty, who is focusing on rural belts. Also, chief minister Hemant Soren has been touring the rural hinterland, even as senior leader Champai Soren is staying rooted in Potka to garner maximum votes.

“Our campaigns have gained momentum with three days remaining,” he said.


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