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Highlights: BJP dominates Jharkhand municipal election 2018, CM Raghubar Das credits PM Modi, Amit Shah for victory

Jharkhand municipal election result 2018 Highlights: Voting percentage recorded across 34 municipal bodies was 65.15 per cent, a marginal rise of around 2 per cent against the 63.17 per cent in 2013. A major contest was for the post of Mayor in Ranchi.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: April 20, 2018 5:25:41 pm
Jharkhand Corporation election results LIVE UPDATES Jharkhand municipal election result 2018 Highlights: Counting Agents busy to open the seal of EVMs. (Express photo/Representational)

Counting of votes in Jharkhand Municipal Corporation elections began from 8 am today. The voting on 34 civic bodies were held on Monday. For the first time in Jharkhand elections for posts of mayor, deputy mayor of municipal corporations, and chairmen and vice-chairmen of municipal councils were held on party lines.

Voting percentage recorded across 34 municipal bodies was 65.15 per cent, a marginal rise of around 2 per cent against the 63.17 per cent in 2013. The results are expected to be out by afternoon.

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16:44 (IST)20 Apr 2018
Jharkhand CM gives PM Modi, Amit Shah credit for win in polls

Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das has credited BJP's victory in the polls to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party president Amit Shah. "This is the victory of PM Modi's policies and Amit Shah's guidance. This vindicates the developmental work done by the government in the state."

16:17 (IST)20 Apr 2018
BJP wins 20 Mayor/Chairman posts, 16 Deputy posts

BJP has won 20 Mayor/Chairman posts and 16 Deputy posts in Jharkhand Municipal Elections and bye-elections that were held for 34 and 4 local bodies respectively, reports Financial Express.

15:24 (IST)20 Apr 2018
BJP's Vinod Srivastava bags mayor's post at Adityapur Municipal Corporation

BJP candidate Vinod Srivastava has bagged the mayoral post of Adityapur Municipal Corporation, reports Financial Express.

15:18 (IST)20 Apr 2018
BJP candidate Asha Lakda wins Ranchi Mayoral post

BJP candidate Asha Lakda wins mayoral post in Ranchi Municipal Corporation. Lakda was initially trailing but she emerged as the winner with a huge margin.

13:37 (IST)20 Apr 2018
JMM back in the race in Ranchi

While Congress was leading in the capital, after four rounds of counting JMM is gaining momentum on the post of Mayor in the city. BJP is leading on Deputy Mayor post. 

13:35 (IST)20 Apr 2018
Close fight in Ranchi

A close fight underway in Ranchi Municipal Corporation where BJP is trailing behind Congress. JMM is also in the fray for the post of Mayor and Deputy Mayor in the state capital. 

12:40 (IST)20 Apr 2018
Congress leads in Ranchi, BJP wins Dy Mayor post

Congress leading in Ranchi, after early gains for BJP, however, the Deputy Mayor post has already been won by the BJP in Corporation. 

12:38 (IST)20 Apr 2018
BJP wins Hazaribagh

BJP wins Hazaribagh Mayor and Deputy Mayor posts. Tough fight between BJP and Congress in Ranchi.

12:22 (IST)20 Apr 2018
BJP leading in 11 corporations

As of now, the BJP is leading in 13 places for the posts of mayor/ chairpersons; while Congress was leading in four, JMM in three. 

11:46 (IST)20 Apr 2018
Congress hopefull of defeating BJP

BJP spokespersons said that the results/ trends were encouraging for the Party, as the BJP was making gains in places like Pakur and Khunti. However, opposition leaders pointed out that they have lost in Chaibasa, which is the area of their state president Laxman Gilua, who is also the MP. Besides, the BJP also failed to win any of the two posts in Latehar, which is the area of Minister of State in Centre, Sudarshan Bhagat, who too is MP from there.

11:45 (IST)20 Apr 2018
BJP soars ahead in results

BJP has won in Pakur, Khunti, Jamtara, Giridih and Chirkunda (in Dhanbad) municipal bodies. The Congress has won both the seats in Lohardaga and Bokaro. Jharkhand Mukti Morcha too has won both the posts in Chaibasa; while Jharkhand Vikas Morcha has bagged both the seats in Chhatarpur (in Palamu district). 

11:39 (IST)20 Apr 2018
Congress supporters demand recounting of votes in Dhanbad's Chirkunda 

In Dhanbad's Chirkunda nagar parishad, while the BJP has won the chairman's post, Congress supporters are demanding recounting of votes.

11:18 (IST)20 Apr 2018
34 civic bodies in play

The election was held over five municipal corporations or Nagar Nigams, 16 municipal councils or Nagar Parishads and 14 Nagar Panchayats in the state. 

11:14 (IST)20 Apr 2018
A traingular contest

The Municipal Corporation election in the state is witnessing a triangular competition between the BJP, Congress and the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) for the posts of Mayor, Deputy Mayor, Chairman and Deputy Chairman. 

11:11 (IST)20 Apr 2018
Congress inches closer to BJP lead

According to local reports, BJP has created early momentum and has won president posts in five Corporations while Congress has managed to win four across the state. 

11:10 (IST)20 Apr 2018
Counting underway in Jharkhand Municipal Elections

Counting of votes is underway in 34 municipal bodies is underway in the state. 

BJP seemed to be taking early leads in the initial trends/ results being declared so far on Friday for the urban local bodies; polls for 34 municipal corporations/ councils in the state.

 

The posts of mayor/ deputy mayor of municipal corporations and chairperson/ vice-chairperson of municipal councils were fought along party lines for the first time in the state. The polling was held on April 16.

 

In the results/ trends so far, BJP has won both the seats – mayor/ deputy or chairperson/ vice-chairperson – in at least five districts. It has won in Pakur, Khunti, Jamtara, Giridih and Chirkunda (in Dhanbad) municipal bodies. The Congress has won both the seats in Lohardaga and Bokaro. Jharkhand Mukti Morcha too has won both the posts in Chaibasa; while Jharkhand Vikas Morcha has bagged both the seats in Chhatarpur (in Palamu district). The BJP has also bagged at least one post – either of the chairperson or the vice-chairperson in at least five places.

 

Overall, the BJP was leading in 13 places for the posts of mayor/ chairpersons; while Congress was leading in four, JMM in three, All-Jharkhand Students’ Union (AJSU) was leading at one place, while RJD and independent in two places. Similarly, BJP was maintaining lead in 11 places for the posts of deputy mayor/vice-chairperson, while Congress was leading in three; JMM in two; AJSU Party in two; JVM in three and RJD in two; independents were leading in three places.

 

However, the fight for the post of mayor and deputy mayor in the Capital Ranchi was proving to be a tough one for the BJP. The BJP had fielded Asha Lakra, sitting Mayor, Sanjeev Vijayvargiya, the sitting deputy mayor, as their candidates for the same posts. Both of them were trailing after the completion of second round of voting. A tough fight was also on Hazaribagh between the BJP and the Congress candidates. BJP leaders claimed that these were early trends and they expected better results in the major cities of the state, including Ranchi and Hazaribagh.

 

BJP spokespersons said that the results/ trends were encouraging for the Party, as the BJP was making gains in places like Pakur and Khunti.

 

However, opposition leaders pointed out that they have lost in Chaibasa, which is the area of their state president Laxman Gilua, who is also the MP. Besides, the BJP also failed to win any of the two posts in Latehar, which is the area of Minister of State in Centre, Sudarshan Bhagat, who too is MP from there.

 

While AJSU Party is an ally of the BJP in the state, it had fought the municipal elections alone. Similarly, the opposition parties, who have often sought to enter into an understanding or an alliance for Rajya Sabha polls or bypolls for assembly seats in the last couple of years, too contested the polls on their own.

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