New Delhi: Jharkhand elected its first-ever majority government on Tuesday making way for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to give the best electoral performance ever by any party in the 14-year-old history of the state marked by political instability.

Putting all its stake on the popular sentiment in the favour of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the BJP contested the Jharkhand elections in the absence of a local leader and a presumably low tribal support. Both its key campaign themes—stable government, good governance—paid off for the BJP which more than doubled its previous tally in 2009 elections.

The BJP won 38 seats while its key ally, All Jharkhand Students’ Union won five, taking the tally of National Democratic Alliance (NDA) to 43 comfortably above the half way mark in the 81 member legislative assembly. This is the third state that the NDA has wrested power in after Maharashtra and Haryana after being voted to centre in May this year.

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