Senior Jharkhand BJP leader Saryu Roy will contest against incumbent Chief Minister Raghubar Das in the ensuing Jharkhand assembly polls. This decision of Roy to oppose Das has not come a surprise. The differences had reached to such a level that they were not even on the talking terms. In fact, Das had requested the central leadership not to re-nominate Roy.
Both Das and Roy were having an edgy relation for a pretty long time, but put up with each other for the sake of the party. Roy’s move comes in the wake of his name not finding a place in the first four lists of 72 candidates released by the BJP for the 81-member assembly in Jharkhand, which is going to polls in five phases between November 30 and December 20.
Roy is the incumbent MLA from the Jamshedpur (West) seat, which he had won in the 2014 polls. Das holds the Jamshedpur (East) seat. The candidate of the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha-Congress-RJD opposition alliance for Jharkhand (East) is Congress spokesperson Gourav Vallabh, who shot to fame with a viral TV clip with BJP’s Sambit Patra.