NEW DELHI :
Incumbent Jharkhand chief minister Raghubar Das is trailing by a margin of approximately 2600 votes from Jamshedpur East.
According to early trends on Election Commission of India at 1:15pm, Das is trailing behind Saryu Roy, an independent candidate who was a former minister in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) cabinet led by Das. Congress candidate Gourav Vallabh is coming in the third position in the constituency.
The trend is a blow for Das, who was the first chief minister of Jharkhand to have completed a full term. The BJP, which was looking to form government for a second consecutive term in Jharkhand, is currently leading in 30 seats which falls short of the halfway mark in the 81 seat assembly.
Confident of a win in the state, speaking to reporters earlier in the day, Das said “There are many rounds of counting left. I will be able to comment only after results are in. Had Saryu Roy caused any damage, I would not have received the votes that I had got so far."
This election the Congress is contesting in alliance with the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha and the Rashtriya Janata Dal. Together the alliance has crossed the halfway mark in the state.