However, things don’t always remain the same in political arena and with dynamics witnessing turnarounds, the upcoming Lok Sabha elections is going to be a litmus test for the young Chief Minister who is facing multi-cornered opposition along with a pressure to perform and deliver in a convincing manner.

Congress, which is in alliance with JMM, elevated Hemat to the position of Chief Minister with a promise that he, will put up an improved show in the Lok Sabha elections.

However, the manner in which one after another trusted aides are deserting him, the poll prospective is not looking good for Hemant Soren.

Besides, the JMM’s poll equations are also going to be determined to a considerable extent by three Ms, namely Majhis, Mahatos and Muslims and the party seems to be on the losing side on this particular front as well.

Mahato, which comprises people from Kurmi community, are inclined towards All Jharkhand Students Union (AJSU), mainly due to youth leader Sudesh Mahato’s charismatic influence over the Kurmi voters.  

It needs to be mentioned here that AJSU used to be student wing of JMM during the days of Jharkhand Movement. As of now, the biggest challenge before Hemant Soren is to save his own party, which rapidly collapsing like a pack of cards.

Hemlal Murmu, who enjoys a considerable influence in the Santhal region of Jharkhand, has also ditched Hemant. One more JMM heavyweight Simon Marandi, who was reportedly planning to leave JMM, is also showing signs of dissent.

Simon is a minister in Hemant’s Cabinet and the CM has been unsuccessful in his attempts to pacify the upset leader. Besides, another leader Vidyut Varan Mahato also resigned from JMM and joined hands with the Bharatiya Janata Party.

Vidyut Varan’s decision to leave the party has come off as a major blow to JMM, especially in Kolhan as the party enjoys favourable mandate there after Santhal region. Besides, JMM chief Shibu Soren is facing a vista of opponents in Dumka.

In such a scenario, Hemant, along with his brothers, is camping in Dumka as well in order to garner support for his father.

In a bid to conceal the visible lines of worries on the leaders’ forehead, the JMM says that the party creates leaders but the irony is that most of the key hands are deserting it.


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