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Explained: As Jharkhand elections are announced, here is the state of play

Jharkhand elections: While the political climate is yet to heat up in the state, this is where the BJP and the Opposition stand as of now.

Written by Abhishek Angad , Edited by Explained Desk | Ranchi |
Updated: November 2, 2019 8:42:55 am
The ruling party will be campaigning on the work done by the Raghubar Das government.

The Election Commission has announced elections in five phases beginning November 30 to elect a new Assembly in Jharkhand. More than 2.26 crore electors will vote for 81 MLAs. (There is one nominated member in the 82-seat Jharkhand House.)

The BJP won 43 seats in the Assembly election of 2014, and with 5 MLAs from Opposition parties joining the party recently, it has 48 seats in outgoing Assembly. Chief Minister Raghubar Das told The Indian Express in an interview this week that the people have “faith in the BJP”, and predicted the party would win more than 65 of the 81 seats in the coming elections.

While the political climate is yet to heat up in the state, this is where the BJP and the Opposition stand as of now.

The BJP

Chief Minister Das told The Indian Express that the recent minor setbacks for the BJP in the Assembly elections in Haryana and Maharastra would have no bearing on Jharkhand. “The situation is very different here. Maharashtra and Haryana do not have 26 per cent tribal population like Jharkhand does. We will definitely win.”

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The ruling party will be campaigning on the work done by the Raghubar Das government. The CM has claimed that his government has effectively implemented central schemes such as PM-KISAN, PM Awas Yojana, and Ujjwala among others, and has encouraged start-ups under Momentum Jharkhand.

The ruling party has been in an alliance with the All Jharkhand Students’ Union (AJSU), but there has been no consensus on the terms of a fresh deal so far. The BJP’s ally in Bihar, Ram Vilas Paswan’s Lok Janshakti Party, too is a potential ally.

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The Opposition

The Opposition too, has failed to firm up an alliance so far. The Jharkhand Pradesh Congress Committee has been grappling with the fallout of its president Ajoy Kumar’s resignation, which he made part of a scathing letter against veteran leaders Subodh Kant Sahay and Pradeep Balmuchu.

The current leadership of the Congress is yet to get its act together. Recently, a protest was organised by Congress members in Ranchi against the leadership of their own party.

The Jharkhand Mukti Morcha too, is not clear on the number of seats it would contest, if it goes along with Congress. The plans of other parties such as Jharkhand Vikas Morcha and RJD are not clear either.

The Opposition has been criticising the “misrule of the government” and its “anti-Adivasi” decisions such as the attempted tweaking of tenancy Acts, as well as the creation of land banks without taking the tribals’ consent.

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