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JMM in hurry to douse unrest fire

Jamshedpur, March 25: The JMM is working overtime to prevent the simmering unrest within the party from spinning out of control.

The party has not only started talking to senior district-level leaders, including those who are in the race for a ticket, but has also requested them to work together for JMM’s Jamshedpur candidate Suman Mahto.

Sources said that the disagreement among the leaders came to the fore after Suman’s candidature was announced.

Voices of dissent were also heard in some Assembly segments, including Bahragora, the stronghold of JMM central general secretary Bidyut Mahto.

Needless to say, Bidyut was a prime contender for a JMM ticket.

With the JMM banking on Suman and Muslim votes, it would have been risky to annoy senior functionaries like her and district JMM secretary Sunil Mahto.

“We have already started a dialogue with our leaders and hope things will be sorted out,” party sources said.

JMM Seraikela MLA and party’s election in-charge Champai Soren claimed that there was no unrest in the party and they were contesting the polls in unison.

“Unrest is always possible in a democracy. But we are fully backing the sitting MP, Suman. The UPA combine will retain the Jamshedpur seat. There is no question about that,” he told The Telegraph.

Soren said that they were setting up eight party offices in Mango today and 10 more would come up in other parts of Jamshedpur.

Rural voters in all the six Assembly segments — Bahragora, Jugsalai, East and West Jamshedpur, Ghatshila and Potka — had raised objections to the official JMM candidate — Suman Mahto, forcing senior leaders to rush to bring situation under control.

Meanwhile, Suman today started her campaign in the city and rural areas after a three-day hiatus because of the death of her brother-in-law Nemai Mahto.

Nemai, the sibling of slain JMM MP Sunil Mahto, died of cerebral malaria on Saturday.

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