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Raghubar celebrated

Jamshedpur, Aug. 17: Celebrations broke out in the BJP camp of Jamshedpur when Raghubar Das stepped into the city for the first time after being made one of the 11 national vice-presidents by party president Amit Shah.

The Jamshedpur (east) MLA, who arrived in Jamshedpur in an SUV from Ranchi this afternoon, was given a rousing welcome by a sea of party workers at Mango Chowk. Over 5,000 had gathered in Mango with flags and garlands to greet Das. Their jubilation spilled on to the roads as they distributed sweets and burnt crackers.

After alighting from the SUV, the man of the moment thanked the party’s central leadership. “I thank the party leadership for having chosen me for the job. I will try to keep up to its expectations,” Das said before hoping into an open jeep. Thus began a rally with joyous party workers following him on bikes.

The vehicles made their way through Shitla Mandir and Shaheed Chowk on Kalimati Road in Sakchi, where members of the Sikh community welcomed Das.

The former minister later performed puja at Shitla Mandir in Bhalubasa from where he left for his residence in the same area.

Former chief minister Arjun Munda and senior BJP leader Sarayu Roy also congratulated Das.

“Jharkhand has received a good representation in the national body of BJP. Since we are a developing state, the move will have good impact on state politics,” Roy said.

District BJP spokesperson Anil Modi went a step ahead to claim that “Raghubarji has made a debut in national politics in style”. “At the same time, he has scored a point over rivals in the party, who have been castigating him as a non-tribal leader with little or no influence on the tribal section,” Modi added.