Tough going for the BJP

When Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched his election campaign in Jharkhand, he started with a roadshow in Ranchi on April 23. Though a grand spectacle, attended by some 200,000 people, many thought it unusual for the prime minister himself to hold a road show. However, as a senior BJP leader admitted, the party needed him more than ever in Ranchi. Apart from Congress candidate Subodh Kant Sahay, sitting BJP MP Ram Tahal Choudhary too has eme­rged as a challenger. Denied a ticket, he has jumped into the fray as a rebel.

The biggest challenge for Raghubar Das, the state’s first