JHARKHAND … JMM-Congress-RJD alliance has upper hand in assembly poll count

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NEWS RESULTS JHARKHAND UPDATED VERSION
RANCHI: The Jharkhand Mukti Morcha-Congress-RJD alliance appeared to be taking a clear lead over the ruling BJP as the counting of votes progressed in the state assembly poll run on Monday.

Initially, a tough fight was unfolding at the ballots, with the BJP and the JMM-Congress-RJD alliance in a close race for power. As the counting reached midway through the process, the BJP seemed to edge itself out of the race. The BJP ruled the state for the past five years under non-tribal chief minister Raghubar Das, but is failing to retain power. Das was leading in Jamshadpur East constituency while JMM leader Hemant Soran was leading in Dhumka constituency.

Last heard, the BJP led in 27 seats, the JMM in 27 seats, the Congress in 12 seats and the RJD in five. The JVM, which contested independently, was leading in three constituencies and the AJSU in three. 

Hemant Soren is likely to head the next government as its chief minister.

AJSU was part of the BJP alliance in the past, but fought the present polls alone. Local issues dominated the polls, though the central government’s policies and actions too might play a role in the results. Raghubar Das has the distinction of completing a full five-year term in the uncertain political turf in the state. – IHN=NN

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