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Friday , May 16 , 2014
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Guess who will have the lucky laddoos

There can be only one winner, but BJP and JVM workers in Jamshedpur — each firmly believing their MP aspirant will emerge victorious — have hit celebration mode.

Both have placed mega orders for crackers, laddoos, garlands and abir-gulal. Open jeeps for victory rallies are ready.

Talk to workers of both parties and each group is sanguine about the Lok Sabha poll outcome of Jamshedpur constituency.

“Bidyut Baran Mahto derh se do lakh vote se jeetenge. Isliye jashn ki tayari to karni hi hai (Bidyut Baran Mahto will win by 1.5 to 2 lakh votes. So we must be ready for celebrations),” said BJP district president Rajkumar Srivastav, overseeing poll-eve preparations near the counting venue, Jamshedpur Co-operative College.

The lotus brigade also installed an LED TV near the counting venue to watch results on Friday.

At the rival camp, confident JVM district president Firoz Khan claimed they were retaining the seat. “Ajoy Kumar ki jeet nischit hai. Jeet ke baad kal hum logon ka aabhar prakat karenge. Khub jashn manayenge (Ajoy Kumar’s victory is sure shot. After victory we will thank people and celebrate our success),” he said.

Both parties have made elaborate victory procession arrangements.

According to the BJP, their rally would wind its way from Jubilee Park and reach party office near Basant Talkies, Sakchi. “Hamara candidate khuli jeep mein khade ho kar Sakchi jayenge. Saare raste mein abir-gulal se khelenge. Kal Holi aur Diwali ek saath manayenge (Our candidate will proceed to Sakchi in an open jeep and we will play with abir-gulal the whole way, celebrating Holi and Diwali together),” said BJP media spokesperson Anil Modi. “Yes, the vehicle will be decked up with flowers and followed by supporters in thousands,” he added.

The JVM, which claimed the Jamshedpur seat in the 2011 Lok Sabha bypoll, trouncing the BJP by a heavy margin, said their victory procession would also chart the Jubilee Park route before halting near Sakchi roundabout. “The open jeep will be decorated with flowers and we will distribute sweets, which are scheduled to be delivered tomorrow (Friday),” a party worker said, adding different units of the party will celebrate in respective areas.

The JMM, which fielded former corporate honcho Niroop Mohanty, a political newbie, as part of the UPA combine, is maintaining a low profile.

“We are just putting up a tent and making arrangements for water. Any candidate can win from this seat,” said district president Ramesh Hansda.

Too bad there’s always one winner. Wonder what happens to the loser’s laddoos and garlands.