Days after polling in Jamshedpur, election fever is yet to sink amongst party workers and if the camps near Jamshedpur Co-operative College (JCC), near strong room are an indication that the fight for Jamshedpur parliamentary seat has narrowed down between JMM and BJP and the talks related to all the calculations doing the rounds have centred near the strong room.
As of now, JMM and BJP have set up camps at the Jamshedpur Cooperative College from Monday to keep a vigil on the EVMs at the strong room.
Party workers are camping in makeshift tents at the venue where EVMs from six assembly segments — Jamshedpur East, Jamshedpur West, Bahragora, Potka, Ghatshila and Bahragora — have been kept.
While the Deputy Commissioner-cum-district returning officer Amit Kumar has ensured smooth conduct of the counting exercise, the political parties are all set to hold a ‘show of strength’ near the strong room on the day of counting.
The counting for six constituencies in the district, Bahragora, Ghatshila, Potka, Jamshedpur East, Jamshedpur West and Jugsalai would take place at Jamshedpur Co-operative College on May 23. Separate counting tables would be arranged for each assembly area.
The BJP camp located 100 meters away from the JMM’s camp near the Jamshedpur Cooperative College has arrangements for indoor games like carrom and ludo.
Both the BJP and the JMM have pitched up makeshift tents at the ground to keep a watch on the EVMs which will decide the fate of saffron brigade’s Bidyut Baran Mahto and grand alliance’s Champai Soren.
“We have arranged newspapers, drinking water, refreshment, food, tables and chairs for the party workers. The entire exercise is aimed at keeping a watch over the EVMs at the strong room,” said BJP spokesperson Anil Modi.
JMM district president Ramdas Soren said they need to keep an eye on the EVMs. “We have dedicated cadres who have worked very hard during the elections. We have garnered good number of votes and the cadre was elated,” he added. Champai Soren also visited the tent on Monday late evening to take stock of things.
“On the basis of the reports received so far from the constituency, we are confident that our candidate from Jamshedpur Champai will emerge the winner. Almost all the political analysts of the city has expressed confidence over his victory are we all assured,” said a JMM functionary.
He said that every party worker was involved in the election campaign and worked hard to mobilise the voters.