As of 2pm, the JMM+ had secured 39 seats in Jharkhand polls.
Bengaluru: The Jharkhand Mukti Morcha, in combination with Congress and Rasthreeya Janata Dal, has secured 39 seats, while the BJP has secured 32 seats and JVM and AJSU securing 3 seats each in the Jharkhand assembly elections, as per 2 pm.
The assembly has 81 seats, out of which, the magic number is 41. As there is a hung assembly, sources say that the party has reached out to AJSU. Sources add that it has offered the deputy CM post to AJSU. Both the parties had a fallout ahead of elections in the state and fielded their individual candidates.
Anti-incumbency is cited to be the reason for the poor showing by the BJP.
Jharkhand happens to be the third state, in which elections were held. In the earlier two states, Maharashtra and Haryana, the BJP did not do as expected. However, in Haryana, the BJP managed to stitch a coalition but in Maharashtra, the Shiva Sena backstabbed the party and formed a coalition with the Congress.
The likely causes for the BJP not performing well:
1. Anti-incumbency against the CM Raghubar Das. Currently, he is leading from Jamshedpur East with 10829 seats against BJP Rebel Saryu Rai.
2. BJP was poor in ticket distribution.
3. Congress and Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) alliance was successful in transferring of vote.
The BJP held as many as 9 rallies in the state while the Congress held 5 rallies. The exit polls too had predicted that that JMM+ would get greater numbers for the BJP.
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Last Updated Dec 23, 2019, 2:50 PM IST