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FRIDAY BLOCKBUSTER

The countdown to Verdict Day has begun. And almost every MP aspirant across four prestigious Lok Sabha seats is supremely confident of being on the right side of EVM destiny. They may be tanned but no one is tense. At least, no one is letting on

JAMSHEDPUR

WAITING IN THE WINGS

Bidyut Baran Mahto (BJP): Meeting people, shuttling between ancestral home in Adityapur and newer residence in South Park, Bistupur, will take blessings of Kali ma and ma on D-Day

Ajoy Kumar (JVM): Shutting between party commitments and quality time with wife and two sons in Delhi, attend to corporate chores as CEO of Max Neeman International. Back in Jamshedpur on Wednesday by Rajdhani

Niroop Mahanty (JMM): Short trips to Puri and Bangalore, part break, part board meetings and part catching up with family (Reba Mukherjee, wife Roopa’s mother); swimming, gymming, reading — “bought The Accidental Prime Minister by Sanjay Baru from Flipkart” — and social work

COUNTING VENUE: Jamshedpur Cooperative College

ON EVERYONE’S ITINERARY: Reaching counting venue before time

WHAT’S UNCERTAIN: Whether local hero pips pan-India personality

WHAT’S CERTAIN: The best man will win

Ranchi

WAITING IN THE WINGS

Subodh Kant Sahay (Cong): In Delhi now, will reach Ranchi on Thursday

Ramtahal Choudhary (BJP): In Ranchi, preparing party workers for counting day

Sudesh Mahto (Ajsu): Family vacation with wife and two kids, close aide whispers Dubai; will reach Ranchi on Thursday

Bandhu Tirkey (TMC): In Calcutta now to deliberate on whether Mamata Banerjee’s party will support the Hemant Soren government

Amitabh Choudhary (JVM): As JSCA boss, he’s busy with IPL-7 arrangements. Two more matches will be hosted in Ranchi’s Dhurwa stadium after May 16 results, on May 18 and 22

COUNTING VENUE: Pandra Bazaar Samiti premises

ON EVERYONE’S LIPS: “I will win”

WHAT’S UNCERTAIN: Whether the Modi wave is hot air, breeze, gale or storm

WHAT’S CERTAIN: In a multi-cornered contest where most frontrunners are heavyweights in some way or the other, big egos will be bruised once the EVM tells all

DHANBAD

WAITING IN THE WINGS

P.N. Singh (BJP): Watching exit polls on news channels, getting enthused by NDA’s clean sweep projections, meeting party workers at Dhansar home

Ajay Dubey (Cong): Watching news on TV, meeting party workers, discussing security arrangements on counting day

Hemlata S. Mohan (Ajsu): As honorary adviser of Delhi Public School, Bokaro, she’s busy with academic affairs

Samresh Singh (JVM): Sitting MLA, who calls himself a “full-time politician”, is visiting people in Bokaro and discussing “post-poll strategies”. Will reach Dhanbad on Thursday

Chandrasekhar Dubey (TMC): Shutting between Dhanbad and Bokaro, waiting eagerly for May 16 to reclaim seat he held between 2004 and 2009

Anand Mahto (Marxist Coordintion Committee): Meeting party workers

COUNTING VENUE: Dhanbad’s Government Polytechnic Institute

ON ALMOST EVERY TO-DO LIST: Watching TV, meeting party workers

WHAT’S UNCERTAIN: If Dhanbad Lok Sabha seat is capable of pulling surprises

WHAT’S CERTAIN: Mohan says she won’t be at the counting centre in person

HAZARIBAGH

WAITING IN THE WINGS

Saurabh Narain Singh (Cong): Meeting people and party workers. Making arrangements to serve sherbets to workers and well wishers at counting centre. Paying bills for celebratory crackers and gulal

Jayant Sinha (BJP): Scheduled to reach Hazaribagh on Wednesday evening from Gandhinagar, will meet party workers on Thursday and will be present at the counting centre on Friday

COUNTING VENUE: APMC in Hazaribagh

EVERYONE’S WATCHING OUT FOR: Which mahabali flays the other

WHAT’S UNCERTAIN: If Singh’s gulal and cracker celebrations are spot on

WHAT’S CERTAIN: It’s a cracker of a contest between Singh and Sinha

Compiled by Amit Gupta, A.S.R.P. Mukesh, Animesh Bisoee, Praduman Choubey and Vishvendu Jaipuriar; pictures by Gautam Dey and Bhola Prasad


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