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.