JMM-led alliance wins majority in Jharkhand assembly

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Ranchi: Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) working president Hemant Soren addresses a press conference as JMM and Congress alliance lead in the Jharkhand Assembly election results, in Ranchi, Monday, Dec. 23, 2019. (PTI Photo)

Ranchi: Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) working president Hemant Soren addresses a press conference as JMM and Congress alliance lead in the Jharkhand Assembly election results, in Ranchi, Monday, Dec. 23, 2019. (PTI Photo)

Results for the 81-member Jharkhand Assembly elections have been declared. The JMM-led alliance, which also has the Congress and the RJD, secured 45 seats, way above the majority mark of 41. Of the 75 seats, the JMM won 29 seats, the Congress 15 and the RJD 1, as per the results available till 10 PM.

Polling took place in five phases between 30th of November and 20th of December in the State.

Contesting the state assembly elections alone for the first time sans long-standing ally the AJSU Party, the ruling BJP bagged 25 seats, five less than the JMM which led the table, clinching 30 in the 81-member House.

Raghubar Das tendered his resignation and accepted defeat.

“I met Governor Droupadi Murmu and submitted my resignation. The governor asked me to be caretaker CM till the new government is formed,” he told reporters outside Raj Bhavan, with defeat staring him in the face in his pocket borough of Jamshedpur (East) seat.

Saryu Roy, his opponent, a BJP rebel contesting as an Independent, clinched his seat. Roy, a former state minister, had thrown his hat into the ring after being denied a ticket to contest the adjoining Jamshedpur (west) seat.

The poll outcome has endorsed Hemant Soren, the JMM’s working president, as not only the inheritor of his father Shibu Soren’s legacy as the foremost tribal leader of the state but also expressly manifested the electorate’s backing for an Adivasi at the helm of the state’s affairs.

Raghubar Das, despite having steered the state out of the Naxalite menace and providing the most stable government in nearly two decades of Jharkhand’s existence, was a backward class leader.

JD (U), BJP’s partner in Bihar’s ruling coalition, contested assembly elections in Jharkhand independently. The JD(U) failed to open its account.

(PTI)