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Congmen pray for Sahay

Ranchi, March 10: Congress MP Subodh Kant Sahay today called on party general secretary in-charge of Jharkhand B.K. Hariprasad and Union minister Oscar Fernandes in Delhi to lobby for a ticket from Ranchi Lok Sabha seat, while his supporters back home performed rudrabhishek at Pahari Mandir for their leader.

The lone Congress MP from Jharkhand, Sahay, has been tirelessly camping in the national capital for the last couple of days to present his case. “The Congress election committee will meet on Wednesday. Let us see what happens,” said Sahay over telephone from Delhi.

In Ranchi, over a dozen of his trusted lieutenants, including Dipak Lal, Mehul Prasad and Pappu Yadav, offered puja to Lord Shiva, seeking a ticket for their boss from the Ranchi seat. A priest chanted mantras to appease the deity and fulfilment of their wishes.

“The delay by the Congress high command in announcing Sahay’s name is rather intriguing. He repeatedly won this seat in the past and his victory is certain this time too,” Dipak Lal said.

In a related development, Congress block presidents of Ranchi district held a meeting and demanded that Sahay be granted the party ticket again.

State Congress president Sukhdeo Bhagat said the recommendations for different Lok Sabha seats had already been sent to Delhi. “The rest is for the party high command to decide,” he said.

The Congress has already announced candidates for six out of 10 Lok Sabha seats it is planning to contest. However, the party has kept its options open for Ranchi, Koderma, Giridih and Chatra seats.