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Face-off between two former chief ministers in Dumka

Posted on Mar 14 2014 | IANS

Ranchi, March 14 : Two former chief ministers of Jharkhand Babulal Marandi and Shibu Soren will face each other in Dumka parliamentary constituency in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.

Marandi, a former BJP leader, was the first chief minister of Jharkhand after the state was carved out from Bihar in 2000.

He formed his own party Jharkhand Vikas Morcha-Prajatantrik (JVMP) in 2006.

Marandi is currently MP from Koderma Lok Sabha constituency. He defeated Soren in 1996, 1998 and 1999 Lok Sabha polls.

Although Marandi earlier announced he would not fight the Lok Sabha polls, his party Friday said he would contest from Dumka.

"This is a party decision and I will go with it," Marandi told media.

Former chief minister Shibu Soren is MP from Dumka since 2001.

Jharkhand Mukti Morcha has announced the name of Soren from Dumka.

Meanwhile, the BJP has fielded a young candidate Sunil Soren from the constituency.

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