The Telegraph
Sunday , March 23 , 2014
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No tall talks, Mahanty reaches out to voters

Jamshedpur, March 22: JMM candidate from the coveted Jamshedpur seat Niroop Mahanty is gearing up for extensive campaigning in the run-up to the Lok Sabha elections, bracing himself for the heat and dust to connect with the people at all levels.

With around 30 years of experience in the corporate world, Mahanty, who recently plunged into active politics, comes across as a candid but committed man who wants to connect with the people of his constituency.

“I am not promising moon to the people but want to present an image of a go-getter and trouble-shooter,” the 64-year-old former Tata Steel vice-president (HR) said.

He is keen to continue his work in the rural hinterland with a special focus on young voters.

“I am not a superman, who can solve all problems. I want to go to the people, understand the issues concerning them and try to solve them to the best of my abilities,” the political greenhorn added.

According to him, his clean image and social work that he has been doing for nearly two decades will help him win over the voters.

Kudy Mahanty Children’s Opportunities (KMCO) — an NGO named after his late daughter — is actively engaged in social activities in the state.

“Jamshedpur is a typical constituency that boasts of large rural segments. My wife Rupa and I have worked extensively towards providing water to five villages across Jharkhand. We have also started a school in Patamda block of East Singhbhum,” he said.

Mahanty, whose late mother Manorama Devi hailed from Seraikela, has his roots in Kolhan division. “I belong to Kolhan and would like to work here. I was associated with Tata Steel for several years,” he added.

Passing out from Loyala School, Jamshedpur, Mahanty went to St Stephens College, Delhi, for doing his BA (Hons). Then, he did his MBA from University of Colorado in the United States.

The JMM leadership okayed Mahanty’s candidature on the recommendation of the party’s East Singhbhum district committee.

On why he joined the JMM, Mahanty said his association with the party dated back to the 90s when Timken India (then Tata Timken) plant was being set up in Bara, Sidhgora.

“Several senior JMM leaders helped me in redressing the issues related to construction of the plant. I am associated with the JMM since then,” the bespectacled JMM nominee said.