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Jharkhand Election Results 2019 HIGHLIGHTS: Hemant Soren clinches victory in Barhait, Dumka; Raghubar Das loses Jamshedpur East seat by over 15,000 votes

Jharkhand Assembly Election Results 2019 HIGHLIGHTS: Congress-JMM-RJD dethrones the ruling BJP in the state after pegging itself above the majority mark. The results are available on the official website of the ECI.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi, Ranchi |
Updated: December 24, 2019 1:29:48 pm
Jharkhand Election Results 2019 HIGHLIGHTS: In Jharkhand, it was Raghubar Das vs Hemant Soren (File)

Jharkhand Election Results 2019 HIGHLIGHTS: Raghubar Das, who filed his resignation as the Jharkhand chief minister on Monday, lost his Jamshedpur East seat to Independent candidate by over 15,000 seats. Sounding hopeful, Das earlier said that his party would accept people’s mandate. “I am hopeful that result will be in our favour. I am waiting for the final results. BJP will accept the people’s mandate,” he told news agency ANI.

As the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM)-Congress-RJD alliance comfortably pegged itself above the majority mark by leading in 47 seats in the 81-member assembly, Chief Ministerial candidate Hemant Soren said that time has finally come to fulfill people’s wishes. “I want to thank people of Jharkhand for the mandate in favour of JMM. It is a joyous day for the people of the state and finally, the time has come to fulfil all your demands,” Soren said in his address to the media.

Read | Jharkhand election: Results of key constituencies 

JMM has won 30 seats, Congress emerged in 16 seats and RJD won one seat whereas BJP which could clinch only 25 seats. The magic number to form the assembly is 41.

WATCH | Why BJP failed to retain power in Jharkhand

As results started coming out, congratulatory messages poured in for Hemant Soren. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah wished the JMM president, as they thanked the people of Jharkhand for giving BJP, a five-year term. Apart from Soren, Independent candidate Saryu Roy also broke barriers as he is leading with a major margin against the Raghubar Das in Jamshedpur East constituency.

Jharkhand election results updates from ECI: Full list of constituencies

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Jharkhand Election Results 2019 HIGHLIGHTS: JMM-Congress-RJD defeats BJP with 47 seats. Read in Hindi, Marathi, Tamil, Malayalam, Bangla

13:29 (IST)24 Dec 2019
Jharkhand fifth state to slip out of BJP control in one year

Less than seven months after it stormed back to power at the Centre with its highest tally in the Lok Sabha elections, the ruling BJP was swept out of power Monday in Jharkhand by the coalition of the JMM, Congress and RJD led by their chief ministerial candidate and JMM leader Hemant Soren. For the BJP, the defeat in Jharkhand is the loss of power in the fifth state in a year following the fall of its governments in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Maharashtra.

13:28 (IST)24 Dec 2019
After Jharkhand defeat, voices within BJP: No one heard feedback, 303 was a .303 rifle

The comprehensive defeat of the incumbent BJP in Jharkhand Monday by the regional alliance of JMM-Congress-RJD comes amid an economic slowdown and a nationwide ferment over the new citizenship law and the NRC. It also follows a below-expectation electoral performance in Maharashtra and Haryana — the party had to stitch up post-poll alliances to retain power in Haryana, and, in Maharashtra, it lost its ally Shiv Sena to the rival alliance after a failed bid at power. One comfort for the BJP is the narrow difference in vote share — while the JMM-Congress-RJD got 35.25 per cent of the vote, the BJP, fighting alone, got 33.5 per cent. Read more here

13:27 (IST)24 Dec 2019
Lalu Yadav congratulates Hemant Soren on Jharkhand win: ‘Our desire is fulfilled’

Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief and former Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav Tuesday congratulated Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) president Hemant Soren on their alliance’s resounding victory in the Jharkhand elections. Yadav, who is serving a prison sentence in a fodder scam case, congratulated Soren through Twitter which is being handled by his office in consultation with his family. “Dear Hemant, many congratulations and blessings. Our desire is fulfilled. The great people of Jharkhand have ensured that the politics of arrogance and hypocrisy is going to be rejected everywhere. Thanks to Congress as well for their continued support. Johar Jharkhand,” his tweet read.

01:20 (IST)24 Dec 2019
Raghubar Das loses Jharkhand East Seat to Independent candidate Saryu Roy

Raghubar Das loses Jharkhand East Seat to Independent candidate Saryu Roy by over 15,000 votes. Going by the final results, the JMM-Congress-RJD alliance holds 47 seats, well above the 41-mark needed to form government in the 81-constituency assembly in Jharkhand. BJP could win only 25 seats.

22:14 (IST)23 Dec 2019
With Jharkhand victory, Congress inches to power in 7th state

The victory of JMM-Congress-RJD alliance is proving to be a major morale boost for the Congress, as the grand old party seeks to become relevant again in the political scenario after facing two successive defeats in Lok Sabha elections. Party leaders feel that BJP is not invincible and with like-minded allies in states, Congress would be able to defeat the Saffron power. Contrary to the BJP, which heavily campaigned on issues such as the CAA, NRC and building of Ram temple, Congress relied on more local issues of 'jal, jameen aur jangal', giving voice to problems faced by the adivasi community which forms nearly 26% population in the state.

(with PTI inputs)

21:48 (IST)23 Dec 2019
BJP rebel Saryu Roy's decision to contest elections changes political equations in Jamshedpur

Rebel BJP candidate Saryu Roy leading by 10000 votes from Jamshedpur East. Banna Gupta of Cong leading by 22500 votes in Jamshedpur West. Read on to find out how Saryu Roy changed the political equation in two seats. 

20:40 (IST)23 Dec 2019
It’s my defeat, not of BJP: Raghubar Das on Jharkhand results

Conceding defeat in the assembly elections, Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das on Monday said it was his defeat, not of the BJP. “It is not BJP’s defeat, it is my defeat,” Das told reporters at a press conference in Ranchi. As per the latest trends available on the Election Commission website, Das was trailing BJP rebel candidate and former minister Saryu Roy by over 10,000 votes in Jamshedpur (East) constituency. The BJP was leading on 25 seats while JMM led alliance was ahead on 45 seats in the 81-member Assembly. Read full story

20:36 (IST)23 Dec 2019
Local issues played role in Jharkhand defeat: BJP

The BJP on Monday attributed its loss in the Jharkhand assembly polls to "local issues", and said "internal strife" also appeared to have a significant impact in the state, where the JMM-Congress alliance is set to form the government. Party spokesperson G V L Narasimha Rao said the BJP will analyse in detail factors for the loss in the state but added that the lack of an alliance against a united opposition also had a role. "Inability of local leadership to convince the electorate for repeat of the mandate and internal strife within the party also appeared to have a significant fallout. A detailed analysis will be done," he said.

20:21 (IST)23 Dec 2019
‘Giant killer’ Saryu Roy set to send Raghubar Das packing from Jamshedpur East

Credited with sending two former chief ministers to jail, expelled BJP leader and former minister Saryu Roy is set to send outgoing Jharkhand CM Raghubar Das packing from the prestigious Jamshedpur (East) seat. According to latest trends, the three-time BJP MLA, who has often led indirect attacks on Das, is leading by a margin of 8,000 votes and has garnered 43 per cent of the vote share. Read full story

20:02 (IST)23 Dec 2019
Raghubar Das resigns as Jharkhand CM

Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das tenders his resignation to Governor Draupadi Murmu at Raj Bhavan in Ranchi. After resigning, Das wrote on Twitter: "I have submitted my resignation to meet the Honorable Governor. Thanks to the 1.25 billion people of Jharkhand. With your blessings, I got a chance to work for the prosperity of Jharkhand for five years."

19:53 (IST)23 Dec 2019
With Jharkhand loss, BJP footprint shrinks to half from 2017 peak

With Jharkhand joining the growing list of states slipping out of BJP's rule, the party now governs mere 35 per cent of the country's landmass in comparison to over 71 per cent during its peak in 2017 when it was in power in the entire Hindi-speaking heartland.

Its string of losses in states despite the massive victory in the April-May Lok Sabha elections may force the party's top brass to revisit its strategy for the assembly polls as it prepares for the upcoming battles in Delhi and Bihar. The percentage of population being governed by the BJP in the states, either on its own or with its allies, now stands at around 43 per cent from over 69 per cent two years back, data analysis show.

19:33 (IST)23 Dec 2019
PM Modi congratulates Hemant Soren

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday congratulated JMM leader Hemant Soren for the victory in the state assembly polls and extended his best wishes. "Congratulations to Hemant Soren and the JMM-led alliance for the victory in the Jharkhand polls. Best wishes to them in serving the state," he said.

19:25 (IST)23 Dec 2019
Jharkhand election results: Check partywise trends

Given below are the partywise trends for Jharkhand elections results. Out of the 81 seats, results for 33 seats have been declared. BJP has emerged victorious in 9 seats, whereas JMM-Congress won 12 seats.

The result for 23 out of 81 seats has been declared till now. (Election Commission of India)

18:57 (IST)23 Dec 2019
Jharkhand elections: Hemant Soren clinches victory in Dumka, Barhait

Jharkhand Mukti Morcha working president Hemant Soren is set to return for a second stint as Jharkhand Chief Minister as he emerges victorious in Barhait with 73,534 votes and in Dumka with 80,589 votes.  

18:48 (IST)23 Dec 2019
Jharkhand results: Hemant Soren, Saryu Roy shine as BJP loses another state

Jharkhand Mukti Morcha working president Hemant Soren is set to return for a second stint as Jharkhand Chief Minister after latest trends showed the alliance led by his party, which also includes Congress and RJD, leading on 43 seats in the 81-member Jharkhand Assembly. For the BJP, the loss in Jharkhand joins a string of poor performances by the saffron party in state elections in the past one year. Besides being recently outwitted by the Congress-Shiv Sena-NCP combine in Maharashtra, BJP has lost major states, including Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, while failing to gain a simple majority in Haryana. Read full story here

18:44 (IST)23 Dec 2019
'Dented in Haryana, Denied in Maharashtra, Defeated in Jharkhand': Chidambaram on Jharkhand elections

Congress leader Chidamabaram took a jab at BJP's defeat in Jharkhand elections and wrote on Twitter: "Dented in Haryana, Denied in Maharashtra, Defeated in Jharkhand. That is the story of the BJP in 2019."

18:21 (IST)23 Dec 2019
Respect people's mandate, BJP will remain committed to Jharkhand's development: Amit Shah

After JMM-Cong-RJD alliance raced ahead in Jharkhand polls, Home Minister Amit Shah wrote on Twitter, "We respect the mandate given by the people of Jharkhand. We express our heartfelt gratitude to the people for the opportunity given to BJP to serve the state for five years." Claiming that BJP would remain committed to the development of the state, Shah congratulated all party workers for their tireless hard work.

18:02 (IST)23 Dec 2019
Jharkhand elections: Out of 12, JMM and BJP at par with 4 seats each; Congress in 3

Out of 12 seats where results have been declared, JMM and BJP are at par and have won four seats each. JMM's Jagarnath Mahto, Niral Purty and Jobha Majhi emerged victorious from Dumri, Mahjganon and Manoharpur seats, respectively.  Whereas, BJP clinched Chandankyari, Khunti and Torpa seats. Congress won 3 seats—Bermo, Jagannathpur and Kolebira constituencies whereas,  AJSU secured Gomia constituency. 

17:45 (IST)23 Dec 2019
BJP used financial might to retain power in Jharkhand, people have rejected it: Sharad Pawar

On Jharkhand election result turnout in favour of JMM-Congress-RJD, Sharad Pawar said that BJP used financial might to retain power in Jharkhand but the people there rejected it. Claiming that people in the state have given a befitting reply to the BJP which would talk of "anyhow" forming the next government in the state. "Situation in Jharkhand is different from other states. It is an adivasi-dominated state, poverty is more. In such a situation, the BJP tried to use financial strength to retain power. But I am happy the people of Jharkhand have not accepted (the BJP). I want to thank the people of Jharkhand," Pawar said.

17:39 (IST)23 Dec 2019
Jharkhand elections: BJP’s Nilkanth Singh Munda wins Khunti seat

BJP's Nilkanth Singh Munda has secured its second victory in Khunti seat with 58,987 votes. Munda raced ahead of JMM's Sushil Pahan with a margin of nearly 26, 327 votes.

Jharkhand Election Results 2019 HIGHLIGHTS: While Chief Minister Raghubar Das is trailing from Jamshedpur East, the gathbandhan's CM candidate Hemant Soren is leading Barhait and is in a close fight in Dumka. Coming on the back of below-par performances in Haryana and the failure to stay in government in Maharashtra, the results of the Jharkhand Assembly elections will be crucial for the ruling BJP. On the other hand, the Opposition alliance, led by Hemant Soren's JMM and which includes Congress and RJD, will look to unseat the saffron party and return to power in the tribal-dominated state.

While BJP has given a call for "abki baar 65 paar", important constituencies like Jamshedpur (East), Jamshedpur (West), Dumka, Latehar, Daltonganj, Chatarpur, Hussainabad, Chaibasa may prove decisive in which way the state will swing. The results of Jamshedpur East constituency will be keenly watched, where expelled BJP leader and former minister Saryu Rai contested as an Independent against Raghubar Das after the saffron party did not give him a ticket to contest elections. Apart from Das and Roy, Congress’ Gourav Vallabh and JVM’s Abhay Singh are also in the fray from the constituency. In Jamshedpur West, the BJP has fielded newcomer Devender Singh against Congress candidate and former MLA Banna Gupta. AIMIM and JVMP are also in the fray.

That Jharkhand should have a double-engine government — Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi and Chief Minister Raghubar Das in Ranchi — for its growth has been the main narrative of the BJP in this Assembly election. JMM-Congress, meanwhile, has kept its campaign in Jharkhand state-centric.

Opposition chief ministerial candidate Hemant Soren, who is contesting from two constituencies -- Dumka and Barhait, is expected to win both the seats since the tribal-dominated region is considered a bastion of his father Shibu Soren and his Jharkhand Mukti Morcha. However, in 2014 BJP made inroads in the region, winning seven of the 18 assembly seats and its leader Sunil Soren defeating Shibu Soren from Dumka.

In the 2014 Assembly elections, the BJP had bagged 37 seats and formed the government with alliance partner AJSU that won five seats. Six MLAs of the Babulal Marandi-led JVM-P joined the BJP soon after the elections. The JMM and the Congress won 17 and 6 seats, respectively.

Exit polls for the Assembly elections in Jharkhand have predicted a lead for the JMM-Congress-RJD alliance in the 81-member House. While the India Today-Axis survey has predicted that the Opposition alliance is likely to form the next government, the IANS-C Voter-ABP poll has predicted a hung Assembly. Both polls indicated that the All Jharkhand Students’ Union (AJSU) and the Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (Prajantrik) (JVM-P) is likely to win 3-5 seats each and could end up as “kingmakers”.

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