Jamshedpur : Jamshedpur West Assembly seat is heading for the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party candidates fight neck to neck Gupta, Agriculture Minister in the Hemant Soren government, had defeated the Roy in the 2009 elections by a margin of 3,000 votes.
Apart from Congress and BJP the rest seems to be losing the race. JMM has announced Upendra Singh as its candidate and he still seems to be a new comer to the election field.
On the other hand Agriculture minister Banna Gupta said that his rival Saryu Roy is dreaming to win Jamshedpur West seat on Narendra Modi magic.
The Congress MLA from Jamshedpur West claimed that the BJP candidate Roy is relying only on so-called Modi wave.
Roy said that the people of Jamshedpur are looking for a change and he is confident of his win.
My aim is developing Jamshedpur and Jharkhand and voters will ensure my victory.The BJP veteran also dared Banna on development front. He said there are several Government schools that are run under open sky or huts but the local MLA has failed to pay heed to problems faced by the students.
“I can challenge Roy to prove a single corruption charges against me during my tenure as MLA. He alleged me that I have stolen government electricity. But he has not proved this charge,” Gupta said.
Gupta also claimed that Roy and his supporters insulted Congress workers during a litti party in Mango two days back. Roy asked his bodyguard to train his gun at Congress worker Omprakash Singh,” Gupta said.
Gupta said he would file his nomination papers on November 14. “As per our plans we will assemble at Aam Bagan ground in Sakchi and then walk to the deputy commissioner’s office to file nominations. On Dulal Bhuiyan’s entry into Congress, Gupta said the party has given honour to son of a Dalit.
In 2009 Assembly elections, Jamshedpur West proved to be interesting battle.. Though the senior leader of BJP Saryu Roy had maintained a lead of 11,000 votes till 14th round but the last two rounds of 20 rounded counting turned out to be crucial for Roy.
Despite all odds Congress candidate Banna Gupta managed to cover the gap and by 18th round despite lagging behind 500 hundred votes improved tremendously in last two round defeated senior leader Saryu Roy by a margin of mere 3297 votes. Banna Gupta received 55638 votes and Saryu Roy 52341 votes.
Congressman Gupta, however, is confident of win, thanks to the Muslim vote bank. In a constituency of 3,20,000 voters, around 90,000 are from the minority community. In 2009, Gupta lagged behind Roy initially but registered a dramatic win after Muslim-dominated Mango (especially Azadnagar) votes were counted.
The Narendra Modi magic won’t work in Jharkhand, Gupta said. “Jharkhand is fed up with BJP which ruled the state for 11 years,” he said. “Parliamentary polls are different.
Local issues matter in state elections,” Gupta countered, adding that the BJP’s success in Maharashtra and Haryana polls would not influence Jharkhand.