Ahead of the Lok Sabha polls in 2024, the Shibu Soren family is back in action. Senior Soren’s daughter-in-law Kalpana Soren is contesting from Jharkhand’s Gandey Assembly by poll at a time when her husband Gemant Soren is in judicial custody and brother- in-law Basant Soren is Minister in the Champai Soren government.

This time Soren’s party Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) has relaunched Anjali Soren as its candidate from the Mayurbhanj Lok Sabha seat. A decision toward this end was made public by JMM on Thursday Morning. 

Anjani Soren, sister of former Jharkhand Ex-chief minister Hemant Soren, who is in jail on charges framed by the Enforcement Directorate in a money laundering case linked to a land scam in Ranchi, Jharkhand. 

Anjali is the daughter of JMM founder Shibu Soren. In effect, Anjani will take on BJP’s Naba Charan Majhi and BJD’s Sudam Marndi, who was once spearheading the JMM in Odisha. 

Wife of late Debananda Marndi, a resident of a tiny village Ghadadega within Kusumi block in Mayurbhanj district, Anjani completed her Intermediate of Arts in 2009, as per her nomination paper filed in 2019. 

JMM’s Odisha unit spokesperson Shivaji Moulik said a meeting was held under the leadership of Jharkhand CM Champai Soren and it was decided that Anjani will be given a ticket from the Mayurbhanj Lok Sabha seat and Bishnu Singh will be the party’s candidate from Bangiriposi Assembly segment.

“The official announcement will be made soon after discussion with the Congress and other parties who are part of the INDIA bloc,” said Moulik.  

In the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, she contested from the Mayurbhanj constituency and secured 11.78% of the vote share, positioning herself as a strong contender in a fiercely contested electoral battle dominated by the BJP and BJD.


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