RANCHI: Chief minister Hemant Soren will pitch his tent in poll-bound Madhupur assembly constituency for six days and canvass for JMM candidate Hafizul Hassan.
Hemant, who is also the executive president of JMM, is expected to arrive in Madhupur on April 8. He will stay put till April 14 and lead the joint campaigning of mahagathbandhan constituents for Hassan.
The party’s senior functionaries have already left for Madhupur. On Tuesday, they will chalk out the schedule for joint campaigning across the constituency with their Congress counterparts.
While Hemant will camp in Madhupur, JMM chief Shibu Soren will frequent from Ranchi, party sources here said.
While the voting in Madhupur is scheduled for April 17, campaigning will end on the evening of April 15.
Congress, the JMM’s ally in the government, is also pressing its men and resources into Madhupur. State Congress chief Rameshwar Oraon is due to camp in Madhupur from April 7 to April 9, while state agriculture minister Badal Patralekh is already mobilising party workers in the Santhal Pargana.
Congress working president Rajesh Thakur, who has been named in the coordination committee for the polls along with JMM general secretaries Supriyo Bhattacharya and Vinod Kumar Pandey, said the final blueprint of the joint rallies will be chalked out by April 7.
“Our party’s state chief is leaving for Madhupur on April 7. He will huddle the district presidents of Santhal Pargana and marshal Congress workers at the panchayat and booth levels. That apart, the Congress is also setting up a command and control centre to synchronize the campaigning,” Thakur told TOI.
JMM general secretary Supriyo Bhattacharya said joint rallies will feature Hemant, Shibu and Congress ministers such as Oraon, rural development minister Alamgir Alam and Patralekh.
Like Congress, JMM’s other ally has also pledged to chip in. Rashtriya Janata Dal’s state president Abhay Singh on Monday wrote a letter to Hemant to inform the latter that a 10-member RJD entourage, comprising Singh, labour minister Satyanand Bhokta, former MLA and BJP turncoat Radha Krishna Kishore and former minister Ghuran Ram, will camp in Madhupur from April 10.