The alliance between Jharkhand Mukti Morcha, Congress and Rashtriya Janata Dal is expected to storm to power in Jharkhand, according to the India Today-Axis My India exit poll. The exit poll has predicted 38-50 seats for the JMM-Congress alliance. The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is expected to lose ground and get 22-32 seats in the 81-member Jharkhand assembly.
The IANS-CVoter-ABP exit poll predicted a hung verdict in the state. The poll predicted that the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha-Congress-Rashtriya Janata Dal alliance would win 31-39 seats, falling short of the majority mark of 41. The Bharatiya Janata Party is predicted to win 28-36 seats. The AJSU are expected to get 3-7 seats while Former CM Babulal Marandi’s JVM are tipped to get 1-4 seats. With neither BJP, nor JMM getting a clear majority, these smaller parties will play a key role in government formation, according to the CVoter exit poll.
The fifth and final phase of marathon Jharkhand Assembly elections concluded today, and all eyes are now on December 23 when the results will be announced. Polling for 81-seat Jharkhand Assembly was spread across five phases. The ruling BJP is pitted against the Congress, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) alliance. Former CM Babulal Marandi’s Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (Prajatantrik), which fielded candidates on all 81 seats. One of the most interesting battles in these elections is on Jamshedpur (East) seat where CM Raghubar Das is up against his former cabinet colleague Saryu Rai who contested as an independent candidate after the BJP denied him a ticket. Congress’ Gaurabh Vallabh is the other prominent candidate from the seat.