JVM’s central election office in Bistupur on Saturday. Picture by Bhola Prasad
Jamshedpur, April 5: The Rajasthan Bhavan in the posh Bistupur locality apparently holds the key to the JVM’s success in the Jamshedpur constituency, a section of the party’s district unit believes.
The party had operated from the same address during the 2011 bypoll, which saw former IPS Ajoy Kumar thrashing main rival Dineshnand Goswami of the BJP by a record margin of 1.5 lakh votes.
The JVM, which is hoping for a rerun of the 2011 bypoll, opened its central election office at the “lucky” venue a few days ago.
The air-conditioned office has computers, printers and telephones for quick communication. JVM leaders flock the office to take daily feedback from party workers, who tour both urban and rural pockets of the parliamentary constituency, and discuss new strategies.
JVM central general secretary Abhay Singh said Ajoy Kumar had posted a handsome victory in 2011 when poll strategies and planning were prepared and executed from the central election office at Bistupur.
Party central committee member Jatashankar Pandey considers the Bistupur to be a “lucky venue” for the party.
“We used the office in 2011 for the first time. Keeping in mind the last time’s result, we returned to this address. Don’t forget that luck does play a vital role in poll battles too,” he said.
Kumar, however, said, “We selected it because the Rajsthan Bhavan is spacious and have enough rooms that come handy to us.”
Unlike 2011 when the party had rented two rooms on the ground floor and a hall on the third floor of the building, election-related work this time is being executed from one room on the ground floor.
“One room is enough to carry out daily work, like discussing strategies, sending reports, giving and receiving feedback,” a JVM functionary said.
He added the party also had office wings spread across Sakchi, Golmuri, Sitaramdera, Kasidih, Bhuiyandih and other parts of the constituency to carry out poll-related work. But the Bistupur office is considered to be the gateway to Parliament.