Munda in byelection Thursday

February 9th, 2011 - 9:23 pm ICT by IANS  

Bharatiya Janata Party Ranchi, Feb 9 (IANS) Heavy security arrangements have been made for a byelection from Kharsawa in Jharkhand where Arjun Munda is trying his luck to remain the chief minister.Around 12 companies of state and paramilitary forces have been deployed. Helicopters will also be used for surveillance. A total of seven candidates are in the fray, their fate to be decided by 1.54 lakh voters.

The main contest is between Arjun Munda and Krishna Gagarai of the Jharkhand Vikas Morcha-Prajatantrik (JVM-P), who is the common opposition candidate.

Gagrai is supported by the Congress and former mentors of Munda like Shailendra Mahto, Suraj Singh Besra and others.

Munda needs to win the election and become a member of the state assembly to fulfil a constitutional necessity as the six-month period since his swearing-in as chief minister in September is about to end.

The vote count will take place Feb 17.

Munda won from Kharsawa in 1995 on Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) ticket. He joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) just before the 2000 assembly elections. He again won the seat in 2000 and 2005 on BJP ticket.

In 2009, BJP’s Mangal Singh Soy won the seat. He resigned last year to facilitate Munda to get elected to the assembly.

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