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Assembly polls 2019

Dec 14, 2019, 09.43 PM IST

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ASSEMBLY POLLS 2019

Campaigning for penultimate phase of polling ends in Jharkhand

A total of 221 candidates, including 23 women nominees, are in the fray in the elections, Jharkhand Chief Electoral Officer Vinay Kumar Choubey said here.

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    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.

    In the current election, BJP has fielded Ragini Singh, wife of Sanjeev Singh, while Congress has fielded Poornima Singh, widow of Neeraj Singh.

    A delegation of BJP's women parliamentarians including Union minister Smriti Irani on Friday approached the Election Commission and demanded...

    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.

    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.

    According to the state BJP sources, passage of the Bill in Parliament is expected to further deepen consolidation of Hindu and Muslim votes in favour of the saffron party and the TMC camps respectively.

    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.

    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.

    "It is with a sense of outrage that women MPs of BJP have approached the Election Commission of India to take strongest action possible against Rahul Gandhi. Mr Gandhi has used rape as a political weapon to settle scores with Narendra Modi.

    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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