Former BJP spokesperson Praveen Prabhakar, who joined the National People's Party days before the commencement of the five-phase Assembly elections in the state secured least votes in Nala seat at 987. Ex-BJP chief whip Radhakrishna Kishore, who joined the AJSU Party after being denied a ticket, lost to BJP candidate Puspa Devi in Chattarpur constituency.
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- Jharkhand assembly elections: BJP may have to rethink strategy for key state polls
- Failure to stitch alliance with AJSU costs BJP dear
- Opposition blunts BJP’s emotive planks of CAA and NRC
- JMM-led alliance thumps BJP in Jharkhand
- Hemant Soren set to return as Jharkhand CM
- Raghubar Das resigns, asked to continue till new govt is formed
The opposition JMM is all set to form the next government as ally Congress has already lent its support to him. Results of 37 seats of the total 81 have been declared so far. BJP has won in only 13, while the JMM/Congress/RJD alliance in 21 seats.
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He also lauded BJP workers for their "untiring" efforts in the assembly polls. As per the latest trends, the BJP has won or is ahead in 25 seats while the rival JMM-Congress alliance appears set to win a majority of seats in the 81-member state assembly.
- It's my defeat, not of BJP: Jharkhand CM Raghubar Das on assembly poll trends
As per the latest trends available on the Election Commission website, Das was trailing BJP rebel candidate and former minister Saryu Roy by over 10,000 votes in Jamshedpur (East) constituency.
- With Jharkhand loss, BJP's footprint shrinks to half from 2017 peak
What may be of more concern to the party is that its graph in state polls has been on a steady decline since 2018 when it lost its bastions of Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh besides Rajasthan, and its huge victory in the Lok Sabha elections this year has not translated into gains in states.
- Counting for 81 Jharkhand Assembly seats today
Jharkhand is the third BJP-ruled state after Haryana and Maharashtra that went to polls this year. In Jharkhand, the Bharatiya Janata Party is up against the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM)-led alliance which includes Congress and the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD).
- What’s at stake in Jharkhand for key players
The Jharkhand results are crucial for the BJP in the middle of protest against CAA across the country. BJP started its campaign focused on development and by the last phase it completely shifted towards national issues such as CAB, NRC and Ram Temple. Right from PM Modi to Yogi Aditya Nath and other senior leaders, BJP spoke largely regarding the issues of CAB-NRC.
- Jharkhand polls end; 66% turnout
While JMM, RJD & Congress focus on local issues, a victory will be crucial for BJP amid anti-CAA stir.
- Jharkhand assembly election: 47.95 per cent polling recorded till 1 pm
The voting process, which began at 7 am, is underway in 16 assembly constituencies spread across six districts in the Santhal Pargana region of the state. Women and men were seen waiting in queues outside the polling booths to exercise their franchise, braving the December cold. Polling will end at 3 pm in five constituencies of Borio (ST), Barhait (ST), Litipara (ST), Maheshpur (ST) and Sikaripara (ST).
- A lot at stake for Hemant Sorens in fifth round
Election for four phases and 65 seats in Jharkhand concluded on Monday, bringing under focus the fifth and final phase in which the political clout of Jharkhand Mukti Morcha’s first family will be at test.
- Congress raising storm over citizenship law: PM Modi in Jharkhand
"Congress and its allies are stoking fire over the citizenship Act but people of the Northeast have rejected violence. Actions of the Congress prove that all decisions taken in Parliament are correct," he said.
- Key contests in fourth phase of Jharkhand assembly elections
Here are five key constituencies going for polls in the fourth phase of Jharkhand elections.
- Congress stoking violence against amended Citizenship Act: Amit Shah
Shah, addressing an election rally in Giridih, said that the passage of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill has caused a "stomach ache" to the opposition party. "We have brought the amended Citizenship Act and the Congress got a stomach ache and is fanning violence against it," he said.
- 61.19 per cent voter turnout in third phase of Jharkhand polls
Amid tight security, 61.19 per cent of 56,18,267 voters exercised their franchise in the 17 seats across eight districts, they said. Police said the polling, which began at 7 am, passed off peacefully.
- Rahul promises Rs 2 lakh loan waiver,Rs 2,500 MSP for paddy if opposition alliance voted to power
Addressing a poll meeting in Rajmahal in support of JMM candidate Ketubbudin Sheikh, Gandhi said farmers would receive a minimum support price (MSP) of Rs 2,500 for every quintal of paddy, if the Cong-JMM-RJD coalition wins majority.
- Peaceful polling in Jharkhand, 45.14 pc polling till 1 pm
The third phase of polling will decide the fate of legislators in 17 seats out of the total 81 assembly constituencies. A total of 309 candidates, including 32 women, are contesting from 17 assembly seats. The constituencies, including two reserved for SC candidates and one ST candidate, in which voting is being held are spread over eight districts in the state.
- Third phase of polling begins for 17 seats in Jharkhand
While polling at Ranchi, Hatia, Kanke, Barkatha and Ramgarh seats will end at 5 pm, voters in rest of the constituencies can exercise their franchise till 3 pm. The fate of 309 candidates, including 32 women nominees, will be decided in the third leg of the elections. The assembly elections to the 81-member House began on November 30 and will end on December 20.
- Jharkhand elections: BJP defending 10 out of 17 seats in phase 3
A few self-proclaimed kingmakers, too, are in the fray in this phase, including former chief minister and JVM founder Babu Lal Marandi and AJSU president Sudesh Mahto. While AJSU has left BJP-led National Democratic Alliance to contest on its own, Marandi has opted out of the JMM-Congress alliance.
- Jharkhand Assembly Election: Here are the key seats in third phase of polling
17 constituencies will go to polls in the third pase of polling in Jharkhand on December 12 in which 309 candidates are in the fray. The most important battles will be seen in Ranchi from where State minister C P Singh is seeking a fifth term. Silli, Koderma, Ramgarh, and Badhwar are other important constituencies to watch out for.
- BJP’s challenge in Ranchi is to beat anti-incumbency
BJP has been winning the Ranchi assembly seat since 1990 and the minister and current MLA CP Singh is a fourth term MLA from the seat. In the last elections, his challenger was from Jharkhand Mukti Morcha, a party with lesser presence in urban areas.
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Almost every political party is in favour of increasing reservation benefits for OBC. BJP has promised voters it would OBC quotas, without affecting the existing quotas for STs and SCs in the state.
- Jharkhand polls: One dead in clashes in Gumla
The problem began at booth no 36 of Sisai constituency of Gumla district when people got angry due to delay in voting. They started pelting stones on the police, who retaliated with firing in which one youth sustained bullet injuries who later died in the hospital. He has been identified as Mohammad Geelani (28).
- 63.36 per cent votes cast in second phase of polling in Jharkhand
An estimated 63.36 per cent votes were cast on Saturday in the second phase of election for the Assembly in Jharkhand where one person killed was in firing by security personnel near a polling booth.
- Second phase of assembly poll in Jharkhand on Saturday
Polling will be held between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. in Jamshedpur(East) and Jamshedpur(West) constituencies, while in the rest of the 18 constituencies voters will exercise their franchise between 7 a.m and 3 p.m, an EC release said. A total 47,24,968 voters, including women and third gender voters will decide the fate of 260 candidates, the EC sources said.
- Campaign ends in 20 tribal seats with strong BJP, JMM presence
These 20 seats are- Bahargora, Ghatsila, Potka, Jugsalai, Jamshedpur (East), Jamshedpur (West), Seraikela, Kharsawan, Chaibasa, Majhgaon, Jaganathpur, Manoharpur, Chakradharpur,Tamar, Mandar, Torpa, Khunti, Sisai, Simdega and Kolebira.
- Long ties with RSS make seat key for BJP
Gilua was the BJP nominee from Singhbhum Lok Sabha seat, of which Chakradharpur assembly seat is a part, and he lost to Congress leader Geeta Koda. Now he is facing a challenge from both the JMM and AJSU.
- Congress, JMM and RJD have forged alliance to 'loot' mineral-rich Jharkhand: Yogi Adityanath
The BJP's fire-brand leader's barb was directed at the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM), Congress and the RJD who have come together to take on the BJP in the ensuing elections for the 81-member Jharkhand assembly.
- It will be a Litmus Test for JMM-Cong in faceoff with BJP’s Oraon in Sisai
The alliance between Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) and Congress seems to be on real test in Sisai assembly constituency (ST) from where BJP nominee is Jharkhand assembly speaker Dinesh Oraon.
- 64.12 per cent votes cast in first phase of polling in Jharkhand
A total of 37,83,055 electorate, including 18,01,356 women and five third-gender voters were eligible to exercise their franchise in the first phase of polling across six districts, which began at 7 am, EC officials said. Additional DGP Murari Lal Meena said Naxalites exploded a bomb near a culvert in the forests of Gumla district, but there was no casualty.
- PM urges people to vote in large numbers in Jharkhand
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday urged people of Jharkhand to turn out in large numbers and cast their vote in assembly polls to "enrich" democracy.
- A battle of turncoats in phase I of Jharkhand assembly polls
Bhanupratap Shahi, who had won the Bhawanathpur seat as the nominee of a local political outfit in 2014, has now joined the BJP and is its nominee for the seat in this election. The BJP candidate whom Shahi had defeated five years ago, Anant Pratap Dev, is trying his luck to enter the state assembly as an independent.
- CM Raghubar Das appeals voters to vote for 'new Jharkhand'
Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das on Saturday appealed the voters, especially the youth, to vote for "new Jharkhand" and urged them to turn out in large numbers.
- Polling for first phase begins in Jharkhand
A total of 37,83,055 electorate, including 18,01,356 women and five third-gender voters are eligible to exercise their franchise in the first phase across six districts.
- 92% promises fulfilled in Jharkhand: Think Tank
The think tank flagged schemes, largely related to women, such as Bank sakhi, Pashu sakhi, ujjwala didi, and said they have been exemplary in their impact. Public Policy Research Centre's Sahasrabuddhe said "it was the stability of the Raghubar Das government that was most important, apart from the integrity in its implementation of schemes."
- Amit Shah promises to give OBCs more reservation
“I want to ask Soren Babu (JMM’s working president) to explain the stand of the Congress when youths of Jharkhand were demanding Jharkhand’s upgradation as a separate state,” Shah said. He addressed another rally in Garhwa on Thursday. This is Shah’s second visit to Jharkhand this week to address rallies. He blamed the Congress for stalling the Ayodhya case.
- First phase: 13 constituencies in Jharkhand go to polls tomorrow
Seats for which voting will take place on Saturday are Chatra, Gumla, Bishunpur, Lohardaga, Manika, Latehar, Panki, Daltonganj, Bishrampur, Chhatarour, Hussainabad, Garhwa and Bhawanathpur. The opposition alliance has fielded joint candidates in all these constituencies with Congress contesting six seats, JMM four, and RJD three. BJP is trying its luck in 12 constituencies.
- Campaigning ends for first-phase of Jharkhand polls
A total of 37,83,055 voters of Chatra (SC), Gumla (ST), Bishunpur (ST), Lohardaga (ST), Manika (SC), Latehar (SC), Panki, Daltonganj, Bishrampur, Chhatarpur (SC), Hussainabad, Garhwa and Bhawanathpur constituencies will decide the fate of 189 candidates in the first phase of the polls, which will be held on Saturday.
- Congress vows to double Jharkhand OBC jobs quota
Congress’s push for higher OBC reservation is being seen as an attempt to blunt BJP and its disgruntled ally Ajsu-P’s attempts to get the first-mover advantage on this issue. Amit Shah had announced at a rally in Lohardaga last week that a commission would be set up to review OBC quota, based on the population demographics in Jharkhand.
- Congress manifesto for Jharkhand polls promises farm loan waiver, anti-lynching law
Besides the loan waiver assurance, the manifesto - released by AICC in-charge RPN Singh - pledged to free farmers from the clutches of money lenders and make the process of institutional loans easier.
- Jharkhand polls: Congress releases final list of 3 candidates
Congress president Sonia Gandhi approved the candidature of Yogendra Baitha from Simaria (SC) seat, Basudev Verma from Bagodar, and Sweta Singh from Bokaro replacing Sanjay Singh, a party statement said. With this, the Congress has named candidates on the 31 seats it is contesting in the polls to the 81-member Assembly.
- Amit Shah kicks off Jharkhand poll campaign, promises development
Shah thanked the Jharkhand unit of the party for giving him the opportunity to launch the poll campaign from Latehar district, the land of legendary freedom fighter Birsa Munda.
- Congress releases fifth list for Jharkhand polls, 29 candidates named so far
Congress president Sonia Gandhi approved the candidature of Sona Ram Sinku from Jaganathpur (ST), Suresh Baitha in place of Rajiv Kumar from Kanke (SC) and Sunny Toppo from Mandar. The Jarkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM), the Congress and Lalu Prasad Yadav's Rashtriya Janata Dal had recently announced a pre-poll tie-up for the state with former Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren.
- Jharkhand: AJSU Party announces third list of candidates
With this the NDA allies, the BJP and the AJSU party, will be clashing in 19 constituencies. AJSU has nominated Shalini Gupta to take on BJP's Neera Yadav from Koderma. The BJP and AJSU Party, which have been part of all the governments of the coalition in Jharkhand since it was carved out of Bihar in 2000, have not achieved seat-sharing agreement so far
- BJP allies deserting the 'sinking ship' in Jharkhand: Hemant Soren
Soren is leading the opposition alliance comprising the JMM, the Congress and the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD). According to the alliance's seat-sharing arrangement, the JMM will contest 43 seats, Congress 31 and RJD in seven constituencies.