Similarly, one can’t feel the political adrenaline rushing in the nerves of the people when they traverse through the roads. These people have little to do with the polls but are constantly thriving to carve an identity of their own. These people never sway or gyrate to NaMo or RaGa beats but make the national parties grasp the popular folk-tunes.

The first phase of Lok Sabha polls in the state are around a fortnight away and all electronic voting machines will be sealed in the coming one month. However, posters, banners, flags and hoardings which often pop up during poll seasons are yet to be seen. Here, the people don’t flaunt their political allegiance.

Jharkhand, which has entered the 14th year of its creation, might send only 14 members to Lok Sabha but a chance discussion with the people can make one aware of the state’s importance in the political arena.

Every vote and every seat is set to witness a neck-to-neck encounter, something, which can hardly be seen in the other states. Around a dozen of other parties are ready to fight, with their socks all pulled up, against two of the biggest forces in Indian political horizon – Congress and BJP.

Three major parties in Jharkhand – Shibu Soren-led Jharkhand Mukti Morcha, Babulal Marandi-led Jharkhand Vikash Morcha and Sudesh Mahato-led All Jharkhand Students Union are trying to establish political identity of several sections.

If someone happens to listen to political rallies of Congress and BJP, state’s negligence hogs major space in the discussion instead of development.

Indulging in conversation with different sections of society gives enough indication towards the fact that the state would witness multi-cornered contest.

BJP, which bagged seven seats in the last Lok Sabha polls, are not expecting more than seven-eight seats this time. Babulal Marandi, who has been slogging hard for the past five years, can expect to bag two more seats.

Given the prevailing anti-incumbency against Congress across the nation, joining hands with JMM may fetch the party one or two extra seat(s). On the other hand, youth leader and former deputy chief minister Sudesh Mahato is also being seen as one of the rising forces in the state’s political picture.

Apart from all this, Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress has given tickets to several firebrand rebellious leaders in order to make the scheme of things difficult for Jharkhand-based parties.

At the same time, other regional satraps like Rashtriya Janata Dal, Janata Dal (United), Communist Party of India (Marxist), Samajwadi Party, Aam Aadmi Party and lesser-known names like Jharkhand Party are also leaving no stone unturned to make their presence felt.

All factors make up for an interesting setting and the upcoming Lok Sabha elections in Jharkhand is going to be an exciting contest.


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