JMM avoids family duel in Dumka, picks Nalin Soren | India News

RANCHI: Jharkhand’s governing JMM announced Thursday candidates for two Lok Sabha seats that included high-profile Dumka, hours after former CM Hemant Soren discussed strategies in jail with successor Champai Soren and brother Basant.
Speculation had swirled that Hemant might take up the cudgels and contest from Dumka, an ST-reserved constituency from where BJP has fielded his estranged sister-in-law Sita.JMM has nominated veteran MLA Nalin Soren amid reports that Hemant was wary of turning the Dumka duel into a family fight.
Mathura Prasad Mahto, also an MLA, is JMM’s candidate in the Giridih LS seat.
Giridih will vote on May 25 and Dumka on June 1. Dumka, in the tribal heartland of Santhal Pargana, has been a Soren family bastion for decades. Hemant’s father and JMM patriarch had represented Dumka it eight times till he lost to BJP’s Sunil Soren in 2019.

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