Congress Announces Candidates for Three More Jharkhand Lok Sabha Seats

Congress announces candidates for 3 Jharkhand LS seats, faces tough BJP rivals including sitting MPs and MLAs with criminal cases. Reveals party's strategy for 2024 polls in the state.

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Congress Announces Candidates for Three More Jharkhand Lok Sabha Seats

Congress Announces Candidates for Three More Jharkhand Lok Sabha Seats

The Congress party has announced its candidates for three more Lok Sabha constituencies in Jharkhand for the upcoming 2024 elections. Legislator Deepika Pandey Singh will contest from the Godda seat, Krishna Nand Tripathi will contest from the Chatra seat, and Anupama Singh will contest from the Dhanbad seat.

In Godda, Deepika Pandey Singh, a first-time MLA, will face off against BJP's sitting MP Nishikant Dubey. Krishna Nand Tripathi will be contesting against BJP candidate Kalicharan Singh from the Chatra seat. In Dhanbad, the BJP has dropped its sitting MP Pashupati Nath Singh and fielded Dulu Mahto, who has about two dozen criminal cases lodged against him. Mahto had earlier been an MLA on the ticket of the Jharkhand Vikash Morcha, a party led by former Chief Minister Babulal Marandi, before joining the BJP in 2014.

Anupama Singh, the wife of Bermo MLA Kumar Jaimangal Singh, will contest against Mahto in Dhanbad. The decision to field Anupama Singh came after Saryu Roy, the MLA from Jamshedpur East, was sidestepped.

Why this matters: The announcement of these candidates is significant as it reveals the Congress party's strategy and key players for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections in Jharkhand. The choice of candidates and their backgrounds provides insights into the political dynamics and rivalries in these constituencies.

The Congress party had earlier announced candidates for the Khunti, Lohardaga, and Hazaribagh constituencies. The party is contesting 7 out of the 14 Lok Sabha seats in Jharkhand under the INDIA seat-sharing formula, with the JMM contesting 5 seats, RJD 1 seat, and CPI (M-L) 1 seat.

The Congress candidates will be facing tough challenges from their BJP opponents, including sitting MPs and MLAs with significant influence in their respective constituencies. The criminal cases against Mahto in Dhanbad and his political history add further intrigue to the electoral battle. With the Lok Sabha polls, candidates, full drawing closer, the contest between the Congress and BJP candidates in these key seats of Jharkhand will be closely watched.

Key Takeaways

  • Congress announces candidates for 3 more Lok Sabha seats in Jharkhand.
  • Deepika Pandey Singh, Krishna Nand Tripathi, and Anupama Singh to contest.
  • Congress candidates to face BJP opponents, including sitting MPs and MLAs.
  • Dhanbad candidate Dulu Mahto has criminal cases against him.
  • Congress contesting 7 of 14 Lok Sabha seats in Jharkhand under INDIA alliance.