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Opinions run amok in Ranchi- Win
ning party celebrates in capital and steel city, rival candidates leave centre in a hurry

A constable deputed at Pandra Bazaar — counting centre for Ranchi Lok Sabha seat — said in Bhojpuri while watching voting trends on a national channel: “Janta kuch kaam kaile ba (people have done some work).” The constable, who hails from Bihar’s Arrah , was cut short by his colleague: “Chup raha abhi duty mein bara (Keep quiet, you are on duty now).

The duo were among many at the centre who could not keep opinions to themselves as BJP inched towards a landslide victory in Ranchi seat and across the country.

Most candidates contesting from the seat started disappearing from the centre as BJP nominee Ramtahal Choudhary surged ahead. Of the 28 candidates in fray, only BJP’s Ramtahal Choudhary, TMC’s Bandhu Tirkey and AAP’s Amanullah Aman stayed back till noon. Sitting MP and Congress nominee Subodh Kant Sahay arrived around 3.42pm with his supporters. Unable to stare at his massive defeat for long, he left soon. Sahay did not even meet his BJP rival Choudhary, who was present at the centre.

By 2pm, when the BJP nominee was leading by over 80,000 votes, workers of most rival parties had left the centre.

BJP supporters were in jubilation mood. Nearly 1,000 of them had assembled outside the entrance of the bazaar samiti with garlands and party flags in hands and NaMo masks on faces. Slogans like “Har Har Modi Ghar Ghar Modi” and “Kyon pade ho chakkar mein, koi nahi hai takkar mein” hung in the air.

Choudhary looked content as he sat at the otherwise vacant candidates’ enclosure, which curiously mirrored his unrivalled victory. “Last time I lost by a thin margin. I am satisfied with my performance in this election,” he said.

AAP nominee Amanullah Aman left the centre around noon. “So far. I have got only 1,200 votes and I am out of the contest. I am happy that I could participate in the election,” he said, before leaving the counting centre alone.

TMC nominee Bandhu Tirkey refused to talk about the results. “Let the final figures come. The TMC has performed well at Bengal,” he said, before leaving the centre.