Updated: December 21, 2014 1:55:08 pm
Five-phased polling ended without incident in Jharkhand on Saturday, with major exit polls predicting the formation of a BJP government in the state.
The fifth and final phase of elections in Jharkhand saw a voter turnout of 70.42 percent on Saturday evening, which meant that the overall turnout for the state rose just over nine percentage points when compared to the 2009 Assembly polls.
In what was a major achievement for the Election Commission, the state’s election was conducted without any casualties suffered by security forces. On April 25, the last day of the Lok Sabha elections in the state, alleged CPI-Maoist cadres had attacked officials returning after poll duty, killing eight.
Turnout for the whole state stood at 65.99 percent; it was 56.97 in 2009. In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the state had recorded a turnout of 63.83 percent.
Almost all Exit Polls released on Saturday predicted the formation of a BJP government in Jharkhand. In the outgoing 81-member assembly, major parties like the BJP has 18, JMM 18, Congress 13, JVM-P 11, AJSU- 6 and RJD 5 legislators.
The India Today Group’s poll with CICERO predicted 41-49 seats for the BJP, 15-19 for the JMM, 7-11 for the Congress and gave 8-12 to Others.
ABP News’ poll with Nielsen gave the BJP’s alliance with the AJSU and LJP 52 seats. ABP also gave the JMM 10 and Congress 9 seats.
When Today’s Chanakya asked its subjects whether they wanted a change of government in the state, 63 percent answered in the affirmative. When asked whether Modi Magic is still present in the state, 59 percent said Yes.
Regional television channel Naxatra said the BJP would win 30-33 seats on its own. It gave AJSU 5, JMM 21-23, JVM 9-11, Congress 9-11, RJD 3-4 and Others 12. Lashing, another regional Hindi channel, predicted 37-44 seats for the BJP, 15-18 for the JMM, 7-11 for the Congress, 15-18 for the JMM and 5-7 for Others.
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