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Cricket boss quits JVM

Ranchi, June 27: Jharkhand State Cricket Association (JSCA) boss Amitabh Choudhary has deserted the JVM, around four months after he joined the party to take a plunge into electoral politics.

The JVM today accepted his resignation letter, which he sent to party chief Babulal Marandi three days ago.

Choudhary took voluntary retirement as an IPS before the parliamentary elections and contented the Ranchi Lok Sabha seat on the JVM ticket but lost.

The JSCA president could not be contacted despite repeated attempts.

Sources close to him said Choudhary could not gel with JVM members. “This apart, staying in the JVM was not worthwhile politically. Choudhary came fourth in the parliamentary elections, which dashed his hope for a successful debut in politics,” said an aide of JSCA chief.

Te JVM chief said Choudhary was a guest artist, who joined the party to contest the polls and his exit would hardly make any difference to the party. “Only Choudhary can explain reasons for this sudden departure. He perhaps felt that his job in the JVM was over after losing in Ranchi,” Marandi told mediapersons on the sidelines of his daylong hunger strike in Ranchi.

The JVM chief, who sat in front of Birsa Munda’s statue, was protesting against the rising crime graph in the state. Calling upon party workers for intensive campaigns, the former chief minister announced a statewide agitation on July 7 to expose wrong doings of the Hemant Soren government.

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