Mamata woos Kurmi voters in Jamshedpur with Mahato pick

  • | Tuesday | 19th March, 2019

In the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, 15,629 NOTA votes were cast in the Jamshedpur constituency.On the other hand, trying to cash in on the kurmi votes (2.5 lakh of 16 lakh voters) Mamata played her caste cards safe in Jamshedpur seat by fielding Anjana Mahato, who is from the same community. In an effort to encash her popularity beyond West Bengal and cement her place as a national leader, All India Trinamool Congress (TMC) president Mamata Banerjee has fielded three candidates in Jharkhand . They feel someone from the state should have been given a chance as Jharkhand has a huge Bengali population — at one time, Jamshedpur (west and east assembly segments) had 40% Bengali population. Anjana expressed confidence that Mamata’s popular schemes in Bengal would be implemented in Jharkhand once Federal Front (third front) is elected to power. Incidentally, Kurmis have always played a major role in deciding the fate of Jamshedpur candidates since the 1989 general glections, when Shailendra Mahato from the community won the seat on a JMM ticket.Sources said Anjana is a professor in the law department of Bankura University in West Bengal and, interestingly, is the wife of Srikant Mahato, the TMC MLA from Salboni in West Midnapore.

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