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  • The Jharkhand Mukti Morcha had taken similar decisions in previous elections with the amount ranging from Rs 5,000 to Rs 21,000, JMMs general secretary-cum-spokesman Vinod Kumar Pandey said. Asked when the first list of candidates would be announced by the JMM, Pandey said, the party would inform in due course.

    The Jharkhand Mukti Morcha-led three-party alliance stormed to power in Jharkhand on Monday, ousting the BJP in yet another state in the Hindi heartland after the saffron party's stupendous performance in the Lok Sabha elections.

    Executive President of Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM), Hemant Soren requested the Governor Draupadi Murmu to invite them to form government in...

    Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (JVM) chief Babulal Morandi on December 24 announced that his party will “unconditionally” support the Jharkhand Mukt...

    Ranchi (Jharkhand), Dec 24 (ANI): Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (JVM) chief Babulal Marandi on December 24 announced that his party will “unconditi...

    JMM took on every policy of the BJP government. It effectively attacked the amendments in the Chhotanagpur Tenancy Act.

    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).

    This time, BJP is contesting all the 15 seats, while the JMM is contesting eight and Congress is contesting in six seats. The RJD is contesting from the Deoghar seat in this phase. Smaller parties like AJSU, JVM and MCC too have their stakes in a few seats.

    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.

    The Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) and Congress alliance appears set to form government as it is leading in over 40 seats in Jharkhand, accord...

    Soren, who was projected as the chief ministerial candidate of the JMM-Congress-RJD alliance, is likely to visit New Delhi later with AICC in-charge of Jharkhand, RPN Singh to meet Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi before staking claim to form the government, sources said.

    The Raghubar Das government's feat of providing a stable government that lasted a full five-year term in a state where chief ministers changed faster than seasons did not cut ice with the electorate which decided to repose faith in a coalition that fought over seats and broke up five years ago.

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