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Will BJP make a dent in JMM bastion in Jharkhand?

IANS  |  Ranchi 

As prepares to hold a rally at Deoghar in the Santhal Pargana division of on Wednesday, the question being asked is whether the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) efforts pay in making a dent in the Mukti Morcha (JMM) bastion.

In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the JMM contested four seats in the region and won two (Dumka and Rajmahal). The BJP won the Godda seat.

With toiling, the BJP exudes confidence about ousting the JMM from the region. Das has been holding two-three rallies a day and making direct attacks at the Soren family.

"The Soren family has exploited the people of Santhal Pargana for years. The people voted for them, but they did nothing for the development of the area. Instead, it violated the land laws and amassed land illegally," he reiterates at his rallies.

But it may not be as easy as it sounds. is a who started his with a campaign against moneylenders in the region. His campaign freed poor tribals from clutches of usurers and Soren became popular as 'Disom Guru' among them.

Godda, Dumka and Rajmahal are the state's remaining three Lok Sabha constituencies going to the polls on May 19 in the seventh and final phase of voting. Spread over six districts, the seats fall in the tribal-majority Santhal Pargana, which is a JMM stronghold. Dumka and Rajmahal are reserved for Scheduled Tribes (ST).

The has been winning the Dumka Lok Sabha seat since 1991. It was only in 1998 and 1999 that BJP's defeated Soren. Marandi quit the seat in 2001 after becoming first of Jharkhand, carved out of in 2000.

Once a die-hard BJP member, Marandi quit the party in 2006 to float his own outfit, the Vikas Morcha-Prajantantrik. The JVM-P is now part of the JMM-RJD-alliance.

Soren's son is former and legislator from the seat. Hemant's wife is also an MLA from the region.

The Rajmahal seat has been alternating between the BJP and the JMM for many years. In 2014, JMM's defeated BJP's Hemalal Murmu, who won the seat on the JMM ticket in 2004. The BJP had won the seat in 2009.

Godda was traditionally a seat, but the BJP won it in 1999 and 2009, and in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections pushed the to the number two position. This time, the seat has gone to the JVM-P as per the grand alliance's seat-sharing formula.

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First Published: Tue, May 14 2019. 15:56 IST