Jharkhand opposition finds achievement in defeat
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Last Updated: Friday, February 18, 2011, 00:37
Jamshedpur: After the defeat of its candidate against Jharkhand Chief Minister, the National Jharkhandi Alliance on Thursday said the outcome of the Kharswan by-poll was an achievement for the opposition camp as the winning margin Arjun Munda has decreased.

Munda had won the last Assembly election from Kharswan in 2005 by over 52,000 votes, while this time his winning margin was only over 17000, Convenor of National Jharkhandi Alliance Surya Singh Besra said.

"Our consensus candidate, Dasrath Gagrai of Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (Prajatantrik), garnered 44,355 votes while Munda got 61,801 votes," said Besra, who is also the president of Jharkhand People's Party (JPP).

One should keep in mind that Munda represented the same Kharswan seat thrice on the trot since 1995, he said.

Mangal Singh Soy, the Kharswan MLA who vacated the seat for Munda, had won by a margin of 27,000 votes in 2009.

"It is also an achievement for us that the opposition exhibited unity at an appropriate time," he said.

"The result of the by-election proved our allegation that the ruling party's Mudra (money) emerged victorious over Mudda (issues)," he claimed.


First Published: Friday, February 18, 2011, 00:37

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