Jharkhand chief minister Raghubar Das (PTI file)
Jharkhand chief minister Raghubar Das (PTI file)

EC to announce schedule for Jharkhand assembly elections today

  • The tenure of the assembly ends on 5 January
  • This will be the fourth assembly election in Jharkhand since the state was formed in 2000

New Delhi: The Election Commission of India (EC) will announce the schedule for Jharkhand assembly elections at 4.30PM on Friday. The tenure of the assembly ends on 5 January. This will be the fourth assembly election in Jharkhand since the state was formed in 2000.

Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) is the ruling party in the 81-member Jharkhand legislative assembly under chief minister Raghubar Das who has completed a five-year term.

The upcoming election is crucial as it will test the electoral strength of opposition alliance which includes Congress, Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM), Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (Prajatantrik), Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and Left parties.

The opposition parties have a considerable amount of ground to cover, as just five months ago the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) had won 12 out of 14 Lok Sabha seats pushing opposition parties to the margins.

In 2014 assembly elections, BJP won 37 seats and formed government along with AJSU Party which had won 5 seats. JMM was the largest opposition party in the state with 19 seats, JVM(P) won 8 and Congress managed only 6 seats.

Jharkhand election comes after Maharashtra and Haryana polls where counting took place on 24 October. In Haryana, chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar-led BJP formed alliance government with deputy chief minister Dushyant Chautala led Jannayak Janta Party (JJP).

Alliance partners BJP and Shiv Sena are still ironing out their differences and are yet to form government in Maharashtra where they together have a majority.

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