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Dec 10, 2019, 03.16 AM IST

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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...

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  • 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.

    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.

    Going by the candidates' declaration of their age, it implies they have grown older by 1 to 13 years between the 2014 and 2019 polls.

    All Jharkhand Students Union (AJSU) led by former deputy Chief Minister Sudesh Mahato and the Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (JVM) led by the first state Chief Minister Babulal Marandi are back in the poll rink

    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.

    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.

    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."

    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.

    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.

    “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.

    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.

    Four opposition MLAs in the Jharkhand Assembly, including two from the Congress, one from the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) and an independent legislator joined the ruling BJP on Wednesday, party sources said.

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