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Jharkhand election 2019 voting Highlights: First phase records 62.8 per cent voter turnout

Jharkhand Assembly Election 2019 Voting Live News Updates: Constituencies, where polling happened in the first phase, are Chatra, Gumla, Bishunpur, Lohardaga, Manika, Latehar, Panki, Daltonganj, Bishrampur, Chhatarpur, Hussainabad, Garhwa and Bhawanathpur.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi, Ranchi | Updated: December 7, 2019 7:49:39 am
Phase-1 saw a total of 7,83,055 electorate, including 18,01,356 women and five third-gender voters across 13 constituencies in the polling which began at 7 am, Election Commission (EC) officials said. (Representational Image)

Jharkhand Assembly Election 2019 Voting Highlights: As the first phase of polling in Jharkhand ended at 3 pm, it recorded an estimate of 62.87 per cent votes. The first of the five-phase elections which began today saw sporadic incidents of violence, PTI quoted officials as saying. However, the percentage is likely to increase as there were people exercising their franchise, who had entered the polling station at 3 pm.

Phase-1 saw a total of 7,83,055 electorate, including 18,01,356 women and five third-gender voters across 13 constituencies in the polling which began at 7 am, Election Commission (EC) officials said. Violence was reported from Koshiara and Hussainabad in Jharkhand where Congress candidate KN Tripathi was seen brandishing a gun which he said was done in “self-defence” while trying to resist booth-capturing. Alleging a violation of the Model Code of Conduct, BJP said Tripathi had taken his licensed gun inside the polling booth.

After the loss of the big state of Maharashtra, this is going to be a test for the ruling BJP whose Chief Minister Raghubar Das faces anti-incumbency, rural distress, resentment over lack of jobs, and even a divide within over the choice of poll candidates.

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Jharkhand voting Highlights: An estimated 62.87 votes were cast in the polling across 13 constituencies in Jharkhand. Follow to get all the latest update here

16:13 (IST)30 Nov 2019
62.8 per cent turnout till end of voting

An estimated 62.87 per cent votes were cast when voting ended at 3 pm on Saturday in the first of the five-phase Jharkhand assembly elections in 13 constituencies, amid sporadic incidents of violence, officials said. The percentage is likely to increase as voters who entered the polling stations by 3 pm will be allowed to exercise their franchise, Election Commission (EC) officials told PTI.

15:26 (IST)30 Nov 2019
Cong leader KN Tripathi violated EC code of conduct, took his licensed gun inside polling booth: BJP Spokesperson Pratul Shahdeo

Reacting to Congress leader KN Tripathi's allegations, BJP Spokesperson Pratul Shahdeo said he was not supposed to accompany his bodyguards inside polling stations. "These are wild allegations. His bodyguards were not supposed to accompany him. He also took his licensed gun inside the polling booth. People were resisting."

15:14 (IST)30 Nov 2019
Congress candidate KN Tripathi seen brandishing a gun in Koshiara booth

Violence was reported from Koshiara and Hussainabad in Jharkhand. Congress candidate KN Tripathi was seen brandishing a gun in Chainpur block of Daltonganj. He said he did it in self-defence as he resisted against "booth capturing," reported our correspondent Abhishek Angad. Meanwhile, in Hussainabad, there was a clash between supporters of AJSU and NCP.

14:14 (IST)30 Nov 2019
Jharkhand: 49% voter turnout till 1 pm

An estimated  48.83 per cent polling was recorded till 1 pm on Saturday in the first phase  of Jharkhand assembly elections in 13 constituencies.

14:11 (IST)30 Nov 2019
Clash between BJP, Congress candidates in Palamu
13:46 (IST)30 Nov 2019
Jharkhand elections: Mandal Dam project gets forest clearance, 8 villages face threat of displacement

More than 100 tribal families from Bhajna and Kutku villages of Garhwa district leave their villages each year for the upper reaches of the forest to survive during rainy season. From a distance, they see their houses washed away, and poles erected to support their homes. If the wood is not wet, they manage to prepare rice meals, and return home once the water recedes, knowing well that they will have to repeat the drill the next year. READ MORE

At Kutku village in Garhwa district. (Express)
13:37 (IST)30 Nov 2019
People cast their votes at a polling booth in Lohardaga.

People cast their votes at a polling booth in Lohardaga.

12:13 (IST)30 Nov 2019
Jharkhand: Minor clash between two groups in Kosiyara in Daltonganj

Palamau Deputy Commissioner-cum-Returning Officer Shantanu Agrahari said a minor clash broke out between two groups near a polling station at Kosiyara in Daltonganj assembly constituency. The agitators broke the window panes of a police vehicle after a candidate allegedly tried to enter the polling booth, he said, adding, the situation was quickly brought under control.

11:55 (IST)30 Nov 2019
Jharkhand elections: 27% voter turnout till 11 am

So far, an estimated 27.41 per cent polling has been recorded till 11 am today in 13 constituencies. Additional Director General of Police Murari Lal Meena said peaceful polling is underway. The EC officials said women and youth were among the early voters in the first of the five-phase elections to the 81-member Jharkhand assembly.

11:17 (IST)30 Nov 2019
Vote in large numbers, enrich festival of democracy: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also took to Twitter to appeal people to vote in maximum numbers. "Phase 1 of the Jharkhand elections is in progress. I urge those whose constituencies go to the polls today to vote in large numbers & enrich the festival of democracy," Modi tweeted.

10:56 (IST)30 Nov 2019
Watch | Maharashtra episode will have bearing on Jharkhand polls, Cong will form govt: Gourav Vallabh

Exuding confidence that the Congress will form the government in Jharkhand, Congress leader Gourav Vallabh took potshots at the BJP, stating that its “corrupt nature” was exposed in Maharashtra and that it will have bearing on the poll-bound state. “People are laughing at BJP’s tactic to win in Maharashtra. The party’s corrupt nature has been exposed. Results in Maharashtra will definitely influence the polls in Jharkhand and this time Congress will form the government in the state,” said Vallabh, who will take on Chief Minister Raghubar Das from Jamshedpur East. Read More

10:50 (IST)30 Nov 2019
What are the issues affecting people in Jharkhand?

In the rural areas of Manika, Latehar, Gumla, Garhwa, Daltonganj, there is anti-incumbency in the air. People are complaining about lack of water for irrigation, and jobs. In Garhwa, farmer Vikas Ganjhu said: “There is no water for irrigation, we have so much land, but the produce is minimal. Roads have been constructed, but that will not feed us. Where are the jobs?”.

10:30 (IST)30 Nov 2019
Jharkhand elections: 11 per cent voter turnout till 9 am

Around 11.02 per cent polling was recorded till 9 am on Saturday in the first of the five-phase elections that began in 13 Jharkhand assembly constituencies. The voting commenced at 7 am and will end at 3 pm, Election Commission officials said. Brisk voting is underway at several polling stations, they said. 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.

09:52 (IST)30 Nov 2019
IED blast in Gumla; No casualty, voting underway

An IED blast happened in deep forest area of Gumla constituency. No casualty, no injuries, voting underway, said DC (Gumla)Shashi Ranjan.

09:35 (IST)30 Nov 2019
In Daltonganj, BJP is counting on PM Modi

In Daltonganj, the party is counting on the Prime Minister. The BJP candidate is Alok Chaurasia while his rival M N Tripathi of the Congress is the talk of town. “Koi kisi ka chehra aur party nahi dekh raha hai, sirf Modi ko dekh raha hai (Nobody is looking at the candidate or party, only Modi),” said a priest at a local temple. But Paras, a cleaner, is all praise for the Congress candidate because she has got a sewing machine. “He has worked for the people, his support base has increased,” she said.

09:33 (IST)30 Nov 2019
Voters confused in Jharkhand's Lohardaga

In Lohardaga, Sukhdev Bhagat crossed over to the BJP from the Congress, leaving supporters dissatisfied. “Bhagat sought votes against the BJP in the Lok Sabha elections. Now, he is with the BJP. We are confused,” said Meena Devi who runs a shop.

09:32 (IST)30 Nov 2019
What the BJP supporters in Jharkhand are saying?

“Pehle raat ko dukaan khol ke nahi rakh sakte thhe. Shaam hote hi ghar ke andar. Ab shanti hai. BJP ke aane se control hua hai. Is sarkar mein road bana hai… suvidha badh gaya hai… Hum Raghubar Das ko nahi, acche kaam ko vote de rahe hain (Earlier, shops couldn’t remain open at night. By evening, people would be indoors. Now there is peace. The situation has remained under control ever since the BJP came to power. Roads have been built, facilities have increased. We are voting for good work, not Raghubar Das),” one of the BJP supporters said.

09:31 (IST)30 Nov 2019
Jharkhand: Naxals blow up a bridge in Bishnupur in Gumla district

Naxals blow up a bridge in Bishnupur in Gumla district. No injuries reported. Deputy Commissioner Shashi Ranjan says voting not affected.(ANI)

09:19 (IST)30 Nov 2019
To keep Jharkhand free from corruption, Naxalism, stable govt is necessary: Amit Shah

Union Home Minister Amit Shah took to Twitter to appeal to Jharkhand people to vote in large numbers. "To keep Jharkhand free from corruption and Naxalism and to maintain the pace of development here again, a stable, decisive and absolute majority government is necessary. I appeal to all the voters of the first phase to contribute in keeping Jharkhand on the path of development by voting in maximum numbers," Amit Shah tweeted.

09:04 (IST)30 Nov 2019
Security crackdown, road construction pace high on BJP’s campaign list of achievements

The security crackdown and road construction pace are high on the BJP’s campaign list of achievements. According to the government, the length of National Highways was 2,402 km in 2014 and that increased to 7,791 km in 2018. In the last four-and-half years, 5,575 km of road-widening and strengthening works were undertaken. And this finds resonance in the BJP support base in the areas of Manika, Latehar, Daltonganj, Garhwa, Panki, Chatra, Bishrampur, Chattarpur and Bishunpur.

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Jharkhand Assembly Election 2019 Voting Highlights:

In the first phase, the BJP is contesting 12 seats, while it is supporting Independent Vinod Singh from Hussainabad. The opposition alliance of the JMM, Congress and RJD is contesting four, six and three constituencies, respectively. The second phase of voting will be held on December 6, third phase on December 12, fourth phase on December 16 and the last phase on December 20. The results will be declared on December 23.

Nineteen of Jharkhand’s 24 districts are affected by Left Wing Extremism — one reason why the election process has been staggered across five phases. In their election speeches, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah have highlighted the need to stamp out Naxalism in the state.

The security crackdown and road construction pace are high on the BJP’s campaign list of achievements. According to the government, the length of National Highways was 2,402 km in 2014 and that increased to 7,791 km in 2018. In the last four-and-half years, 5,575 km of road-widening and strengthening works were undertaken. And this finds resonance in the BJP support base in the areas of Manika, Latehar, Daltonganj, Garhwa, Panki, Chatra, Bishrampur, Chattarpur and Bishunpur.

The BJP, as in other states, is counting on the image of the Prime Minister, the state’s “double-engine growth” claim, its “stable government” electoral plank, rapid construction of roads in the interiors, and the crackdown on Naxals to help it retain power.

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