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Morning shows the vote day

Spring in their step on the ultimate day of campaign, Jamshedpur’s MP hopefuls dashed from one corner of the prestigious parliamentary constituency to another early to make the final cut before Vote Thursday.

The Election Commission had marked 4pm on Tuesday as the canvassing deadline and the big three — sitting JVM MP Ajoy Kumar, his BJP bęte noire Bidyut Baran Mahto and JMM challenger Niroop Mahanty — professed good time management. While Kumar and Mahto began the day soon after dawn, touring the city and its fringes till late afternoon, Mahanty spent time in Patamda with party supremo Shibu Soren.

 

JAYESH THAKER decodes campaigning last lap in Jamshedpur

Ajoy Kumar

Said good morning voters: 6.15am

Wooed: morning-walkers on Kadma-Sonari Link Road; residents in Sundarnagar; members of Rajak Samaj in Northern Town; people of Sitaramdera, Govindpur and Gadra, fringe pocket, MGM hospital area and Kadma

His great expectations: I have campaigned extensively in both urban and rural areas. Support has been overwhelming. I am confident of doing an encore

His final pitch: I have brought development in limited time (two and a half years). Give me five years and you will see how your lives change for the better

 

Bidyut Baran Mahto

Said good morning voters: 6.15am

Wooed: morning-walkers at Jubilee Park; contract workers at Tata Steel entry gates; members of Jaiswal Samaj in Jugsalai; members of Brahmasree Samaj in Sakchi; residents of Harijan bustee in Dhakidih

His comfort quotient: Charo taraf Modiji ki hawa hai. Achcha prachar hua hai (There is a Modi wave everywhere. Campaigning has been good)

His final pitch: Ajoy Kumar part-time MP hain, main full-time rahunga (Ajoy Kumar is a part-time MP, I will work full-time)

Overseas support: Dhananjay Kumar, a 45-year-old cancer surgeon from the UK, was the BJP’s final campaigner. He met his doctor friends and relatives all day long, requesting them to vote for the party candidate and ensure a Narendra Modi sarkar at the Centre.

In February, Kumar had requested the BJP leadership in Delhi to let him campaign. “I was asked to meet voters in Jharkhand since I belong to the state. I chose Jamshedpur. I came here last week, met Mundaji (Arjun Munda) and started campaigning,” he said.

The Ranchi Marwari College alumnus with kin in Mango added: “In medical science, we believe in evidence-based practice. During his 10-year stint in Gujarat, Modi proved he is an able administrator. I think he should be given a chance”

 

Niroop Mahanty

Said good morning voters: 11am

Wooed: residents of rural Patamda and Bodam with Soren senior

Soren support: Maati ki party hai jo sab ka saathi hai. Naya chehra aur nayi soch ko vote do (JMM is a party from Jharkhand. It is everyone’s party. Vote for a new face and new thinking)

His final pitch: I am a doer and this is my USP. I believe in delivering, not promises.