Sahay, who is looking to turn the tables in his favour after his 2014 loss, brought in four priests from the Baidyanath Dham temple in Deoghar. Since early morning, he has been engrossed in religious activities and held an hour-long puja at the crack of dawn.
“Subodh ji is a deeply religious man and spends an hour every day in the temple that he built in his home. Today, a special puja was held at 5 am by four priests from Baidyanath Dham. His family members also attended the event,” an associate of the former Union minister said.
Sahay’s morning itinerary also included driving down to the Deori temple at Tamar, some 60 km southeast of Ranchi at 6 am. There he attended the temple’s maha aarati and offered a special bhog to the deity. Returning to Ranchi a couple of hours later, Sahay offered prayers at a Durga temple in Dhurwa’s Sector III area and took tours of the Bajrang Bali temple in Hinoo and Kali temple in Mani Tola. An hour before filling his nomination papers, Sahay paid a visit to the Mazhar of Risaldar Baba in Doranda.
At 12.30 pm, Sahay arrived at the district collectorate flanked by supporters and leaders of mahagatbandhan constituents — JMM, JVM-P and RJD. An hour later, he filed his papers with the Ranchi deputy commissioner, Rai Mahimapat Ray, in presence of state Congress president Ajoy Kumar and JVM-P general secretary Bandhu Tirkey. After filing his papers, Sahay said, “We are fighting as one against BJP. People have seen BJP, have understood their lies and corruption. It is a fight against their lies and a fight to protect the Constitution.”
Sahay was not the only candidate who sought blessings from the almighty. BJP candidate for the same seat, Sanjay Seth, also spent more than an hour performing a special puja at the Pahari temple in the morning before he filed his papers.