Samastipur: The JD(U) is striving hard to retain Kalyanpur (SC) assembly seat in Bihar's Samastipur district where by-poll will be held on February 24 with the LJP and Congress among eight contestants pitted against ruling party nominee Manju Devi.

As the electioneering entered into a decisive phase with LJP President Ramvilas Paswan camping in the poll-bound Kalyanpur (SC) assembly segment, JD(U) too has swung into action and rushed as many as a dozen ministers to canvass.

Apparently at the directive of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, the Rural Works and Panchayati Raj Minister Bhim Singh, Food and Consumer Protection Minister Shyam Rajak were among prominent JD(U) leaders who have been campaigning.

There are 2.25 lakh electorate in Kalyanpur (SC) assembly seat with the upper caste Bhumihars and Kushwaha (OBC) being the dominant players in the constituency.

Paswan, who has fielded Rekha Devi as party candidate, has set his eyes on the dalit and upper caste voters to tilt the scale in favour of his nominee and hand out an unexpected defeat to the ruling JD(U) whose candidate Ramsevak Hazari had won the elections in 2010 by a handsome margin of 30,197 votes against the LJP rival Vishwanath Paswan, who had come second with 31,924 votes as against Hazari's 62,124.


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