NEW DELHI :
Early trends for Jharkhand assembly election results on Monday gives a clear edge to the opposition alliance of Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM)-Congress-Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD). If indeed the trend pans out in the day, it will be the first ever pre-poll opposition alliance which has trumped the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to form government on its own since the latter’s resounding return to power at the centre nearly six months ago.
In Jharkhand the three parties joined hands to take on the electorally resurgent BJP in the state. The successful bid of the opposition alliance in Jharkhand could point out to the growing trend of opposition parties coming together to defeat the BJP, particularly in states which witnesses a multi-polar contest.
On similar lines, the Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) too had come together in a pre-poll alliance in Maharashtra but fell short of majority and later joined forces with erstwhile BJP ally Shiv Sena to form government. In Haryana, the Congress party failed to form alliance with any key like minded party and ended up losing to the BJP which too had to take support of regional party, Jannayak Janta Party (JJP) to cross halfway mark.
The performance of the opposition alliance in Jharkhand will give a morale booster to the Grand Alliance in neighbouring Bihar where too Congress and RJD are two key players. Interestingly, as trends for Jharkhand comes out, another opposition ally Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) too is leading in one seat.
As of the late noon updates on Monday, the opposition alliance was leading in 42 seats out of the 81 member legislative assembly with JMM leading in 25 seats, Congress in 12 and RJD in five. BJP on its own was leading in 28 seats and its former ally All Jharkhand Students’ Union(AJSU) in three.