28 February, 2021

One Down, Four To Go

Elections to the rest of the seats in the 81-member Jharkhand ass­embly will be held on December 7, 12, 16 and 20.

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One Down, Four To Go

More than a fortnight still remains till it becomes clear which party or alliance will form the next government in Jharkhand—counting of votes for the ongoing assembly elections will be taken up on December 23. But the first phase of polling on November 30 showed a more than 64 per cent voter turnout, indicating growing enthusiasm for the democratic process in a state in which Maoist diktats often kept people away from polling centres. The 13 constituencies, which went to the polls, are affected by Maoist violence. But barring a few sporadic cases, polling was event-free.

The first phase saw some heavyweights in the fray, but no contest was perhaps as big as the battle for Lohardaga where state Congress president Rameshwar Oraon is taking on former state Congress chief Sukhdeo Bhagat, who switched over to the BJP ahead of the polls. All eyes will be also on Chhatarpur, where ex-BJP chief whip Radhakrishna Kishore is contesting on an AJSU ticket. Kishore joined the AJSU after he was denied candidature by BJP.

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