Dhanwar Lok Sabha Election Result: Jharkhand Vikas Morcha-Prajatantrik chief and former chief minister Babulal Marandi has won from Dhanwar assembly seat in Giridih district of Jharkhand. He defeated his nearest rival and BJP leader Lakshman Prasad Singh by over 15000 votes. Sitting MLA and CPI leader Raj Kumar Yadav came at a distant third. Marandi got over 50742 votes while Yadav the saffron party leader got over 30000 votes.
This is the second time the JVM-P chief was contesting from Dhanwar. In 2014, Marandi had lost this constituency to Rajkumar Yadav by over 10,000 votes. Before losing to Yadav, JVM-P had held this seat from 2009 to 2014. Three-time parliamentarian, Marandi is an experienced politician who had a long association with the BJP. He has also served as Union Minister of State for Forest and Environment in the BJP-led NDA government from 1998-2000. Marandi began his political career with the saffron party in 1991. The BJP fielded him in the same year from Dumka Lok Sabha seat but he lost. Five years later, he was pitted against Jharkhand Mukti Morcha chief Shibu Soren. He lost this election too but his defeat margin was under 5000 votes.
Despite this defeat, the BJP made him the state president and fielded him again against Soren in the 1998 general election. Springing a surprise, Marandi defeated the JMM chief creating a place for himself in the saffron party. After the formation of Jharkhand in 2000, the saffron party came to power with Maranadi taking charge as the first chief minister of the state.