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Saturday , January 11 , 2014
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Soren turns 71, eyes LS win

Dumka, Jan. 10: JMM patriarch Shibu Soren will turn 71 tomorrow but claimed to be still strong enough to fend off the NaMo wave in Jharkhand.

Soren, who is looking forward to another five years of active politics, said he would contest the coming Lok Sabha poll from party stronghold Dumka and asserted that chances of his win were high for the JMM enjoyed considerable support from both tribal and non-tribal communities.

“There is no influence of Narendra Modi in Santhal Pargana in particular and Jharkhand at large. JMM has strong support base across the state,” Soren said.

Despite poor health, Soren had managed to win the general election in 2009 owing to a sympathy factor. But this time, he appears to be in a better shape and is not willing to call it a day from active politics as yet.

Soren added that the dream of overall development of Jharkhand was still unfulfilled. “After fighting for a separate state for over three and half decades, I can’t remain a mute spectator now, at least till aspirations of the people are fulfilled,” he said.

He also praised his chief minister son Hemant Soren, saying the state was moving in the right direction under his leadership.

JMM workers are preparing for a grand celebration of their Guruji’s birthday tomorrow.