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Gilua, Sudesh & Ajoy high on honour roll

Ranchi, April 14: Ajsu chief Sudesh Mahto, who is contesting from Ranchi, and JVM sitting MP from Jamshedpur Ajoy Kumar are the most knowledgeable candidates in their respective constituencies, a report released by Bharatiya Suraaj Manch today stated.

The Manch, a civil society initiative for good governance, evaluated 22 candidates in the fray for this Lok Sabha poll from Ranchi, Jamshedpur, Hazaribagh and Singhbhum — four of the six constituencies that vote on April 17.

Candidates were judged on their comprehension of issues, knowledge of seats, public service record, vision and manifesto, criminal record or lack of it, image and financial integrity.

In Ranchi, former deputy chief minister Sudesh was adjudged the most knowledgeable candidate with 57.1 per cent marks. Ram Tahal Choudhary of the BJP was rated second with 48.8. JVM’s Amitabh Choudhary came a close third at 48.5, followed by AAP’s newbie candidate Amanullah Aman at 48. Amanullah beat sitting MP, Congressman Subodh Kant Sahay, who scored 47.4. Bandhu Tirkey of Trinamul scored 43.1, while Bahadur Oraon of the CPI(ML) stopped at 42.5 per cent. BSP nominee Durga Oraon tailed at 39.8.

JVM’s cop-turned-MP Ajoy Kumar won the race in Jamshedpur with a thumping 56.1. Bidyut Baran Mahto of the BJP came far below with 39.5, while Niroop Mahanty of the JMM scored a poor 33.8.

In Singhbhum, Lakshman Gilua of the BJP got a whopping 72.9 per cent, while Geeta Koda, wife of former chief minister Madhu Koda, got a creditable 71.8. Chitrasen Sinku of the Congress came third with 65.8, Budhram Laguri of Bahujan Mukti Party was fourth with 59.7.

In Hazaribagh, Congress nominee Saurabh Narain Singh, with 59.3 per cent, rated better than his BJP rival Jayant Sinha with 53.9 per cent. AAP candidate Mithilesh Kumar Dangi (51) and CPI’s Bhubaneshwar Prasad Mehta (42.2) followed suit.

“This is not an opinion poll. In fact, the voters are reported to have informally revealed that in most cases, they are perhaps going to vote on party lines, despite admitting who is individually a better candidate,” Manch national convener S.K. Siddharth told The Telegraph.

“Though people’s juries were set up in 13 of the 14 constituencies, an evaluating team could not be set up in Khunti as masses were scared to participate. The Giridih jury, which was formally launched and trained, could not collect enough opinions and hence could not send its report,” Siddharth said.