Assembly elections are being held in five phases for a new mandate in Jharkhand. After hectic campaigning by all political parties for the first phase, rallying fell silent on Thursday evening. Top leaders put in all their might behind their candidates on the final day. The BJP had party President Amit Shah addressing rallies in Gadwa and Chattra.
About two crore twenty six lakh voters of the state will elect 81 MLAs of the state. In the first phase of polling on 13 seats on November 30, nearly 37, 33000 voters will decide the fate of a total of 189 candidates.
About one lakh six thousand youths at polling booths in six districts of Jharkhand, Lohardaga, Chatra, Palamu, Garhwa, Gumla and Latehar Voters will also exercise their democratic rights for the first time.
In the first phase of the polls, the BJP is favouring independent candidate for the Hussainabad seat. Jharkhand Vikas Morcha has also fielded candidates on all seats.
Under the alliance, 6 candidates of Congress, 4 of Jharkhand Mukti Morcha and 3 of Rashtriya Janata Dal are in the fray. Candidates of the AJSU and other parties are also present in the electoral battlefield to get the mandate of the people in these constituencies.
In this election, there will be a direct contest on 9 seats. At the same time, there are chances of triangular contest on 3 seats, and a quadrilateral on one. Maximum 28 candidates are in the fray from Bhavnathpur, while the lowest number of 9 candidates are from Chatra.
10 candidates are contesting from Manika, 11 from Lohardaga and Latehar, 12 candidates from Gumla, Bishunpur and Chhatarpur. 15 candidates are contesting from Panki and Daltonganj, 16 from Garhwa and nineteen from Tarampur and Hussainabad.
In 2014, BJP had won 6 of these 13 seats, Jharkhand Vikas Morcha won 2, and Jharkhand Mukti Morcha and Congress won 1 seat each. Counting of votes for the Jharkhand Assembly will take place on December 23.