Lok Sabha elections 2019: Mamata woos Kurmi voters in Jamshedpur with Mahato pick

  • | Wednesday | 20th 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 . Anjana expressed confidence that Mamata’s popular schemes in Bengal would be implemented in Jharkhand once Federal Front (third front) is elected to power. 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. Knowing that she has to get rid of her outsider tag, Anjana expressed confidence that her relatives staying in East Singhbhum district will play an active role in wooing the voters in her favour.Meanwhile, a section of the Bengali population in the Steel City are angry with Mamata's selection of candidate.

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