The Election Commission announced on Friday, Jharkhand will have polling in five phases starting from November 30 for its state assembly and results will be declared on December 23. At a news briefing on Jharkhand election, Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora said the voting dates for the five phases will be November 30, December 7, December 12, December 16 and December 20.
Since Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the BJP to a massive win in the Lok Sabha elections in April-May, the election will be the third state poll. At the same time, it will also be third BJP-ruled state to hold the election this year after Maharashtra and Haryana, which voted on October 21.
The BJP will hope for better results than it recorded in Maharashtra and Haryana, Currently, it rules the state in an alliance with All Jharkhand Students’. It is widely expected that the party will win both states by comfortable margins but suffered setbacks, winning fewer seats in each than it did in the last election.
In Jharkhand, the BJP government is led by Chief Minister Raghubar Dass. In 2014, the BJP rose to power after winning 35 seats in the 81-member house. The AJSU, its ally won 17 seats taking the NDA past the majority mark.
The dominant performance of the BJP also saw it reduce the Congress to just six seats. The party also swept the state in Lok Sabha polls, winning 12 of 14 parliamentary seats.
It has been declared that the Congress and the JMM will have a tie but they have not finalized the seat-sharing.
The Congress and the JMM have announced a tie-up but they have yet to finalize seat-sharing.
“Everything is pre-decided, and the grand alliance will be announced soon,” Jharkhand Congress chief Rameshwar Oraon was quoted in a report by news sources. The main goal was to oust the BJP, he added.