Jamshedpur: Failing to take lesson from the adage ‘United we stand, divided we fall’, the ruling coalition at Jharkhand had to pay the price in form of Jamshedpur Lok Sabha seat.

Owing to the prevailing bickering amongst the state's ruling alliance of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) and All Jharkhand Students Union (AJSU), the Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (JVM) candidate Ajay Kumar registered a thumping victory in the by-election for Jamshedpur parliamentary seat, which had been vacated by Chief Minister Arjun Munda.

It is worth mentioning that after taking oath as the Chief Minister of Jharkhand, Arjun Munda vacated the Lok Sabha seat. Therefore, the parliamentary seat became an issue of prestige for the BJP. 

After several rounds of debate and discussions, the ruling coalition members in the state could not arrive on a consensus for a common candidate. Therefore, the trio of BJP, JMM and AJSU fielded three separate candidates in the by-poll.

The by election result of the Jamshedpur Lok Sabha seat has come as a slap in the face for the ruling allies. The victorious JVM candidate Ajay Kumar received 2,55,425 votes and defeated his BJP rival by a convincing margin of 1,42,946 votes.

A look at the result reflects that a common candidate for the ruling alliance could have easily ensured a victory for them. BJP candidate Dineshanand Goswami got 1,12, 479 votes, JMM candidate Sudhir Mahato received 1,07, 582 votes and AJSU’s Astik Mahato managed 91,150 votes. Congress candidate Banna Gupta received a mere 40,877 votes.

Former CM and JVM supremo Babulal Marandi and Ajay Kumar attributed the success to people of Jamshedpur. Meanwhile, defeated BJP candidate alleged Kumar of taking help of Naxals to win the by poll.

The humiliating defeat of the Congress candidate has exposed the inner conflict in the party.

JPN/Bureau