BJP jolted in the Jharkhand assembly elections, JMM-Congress alliance emerge victorious

Published : Dec 23, 2019 05:05 pm | By: priya ghosh

BJP jolted in the Jharkhand assembly elections, JMM-Congress alliance emerge victorious


In a twist of fate, the BJP failed to fair well in the Jharkhand assembly elections. Although the CM Ragubar Das and few other leaders were confident that they will not get defeated, the saffron party lost its momentum in the state and .the JMM-Congress alliance is all set to form a new government.

 The BJP has faced yet another setback in the Jharkhand assembly elections and has got badly jolted by the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) and the Congress alliance. The alliance emerged as winners treading ahead of the saffron party  They have crossed the majority mark of  41  seats in the 81-seat house. Earlier at least three exit polls predicted that the Congress-JMM-Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) the alliance will emerge victoriously. As the alliance had established an early lead over the BJP, JMM's Hemant Soren, and its Chief Ministerial candidate, visited his father Shibu Soren to seek his blessings. Shibu Soren a two-time Chief Minister,  once played a crucial role in the statehood movement.   

 The 44-year-old Hemant Soren, who was Jharkhand's fifth Chief Minister is  all set to return to the top post, with him being the face of the alliance. He will defeat BJP's Raghubar Das, who was the first Chief Minister in the state to complete a five-year term. In his tenure of 17-months, Hemant, was successful in bringing key  progressive policies which included  50 percent reservation in government jobs for women, and also played an integral part  in handling  the Maoist insurgency in Saranda, West Singhbhum with the help of a  mix of development initiatives and security measures.


It is yet another loss for the BJP, after losing in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh to Congress last year.  In 2019 after the stupendous victory in the Lok Sabha election,  the BJP lost its grasp in Maharashtra after falling out with ally Shiv Sena over power-sharing. As per the  BJP national spokesperson Vijay Sonkar that the BJP had a target of winning more than 65 seats and that the results in Jharkhand are not on expected lines.  He also said that the party could not convince people on its development agenda  

The BJP had geared up for yet another significant challenge in the state of Jharkhand. The five-phase polling for the 81-seat Jharkhand Assembly concluded on Friday and the exit polls indicated a hung assembly.  The prediction of the exit polls stated that the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM)-led alliance in the lead, and incumbent Raghubar Das-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) likely to be way behind the majority mark and fail drastically.

The saffron party had claimed that this time it would get "Abki baar 65 paar" in the Jharkhand Assembly election. But as per the state BJP leaders, the BJP is likely to be in the bracket of 32 to 36 seats in the 81-member Jharkhand Assembly The fifth and the final phase of polling in 16 assembly constituencies of Jharkhand passed off peacefully, Election Commission officials said in Ranchi. An estimated 70.83 percent of the total 40.05 lakh voters exercised their franchise till 5 pm when the polling ended, they said.

According to experts earlier said that if the  BJP gets less than 30 seats, it will be difficult for the party to form the government as there is no one to support them except for the former party leader and Chief Minister Babulal Marandi and estranged ally Sudesh Mahto. While C-Voter saw the possibility of a hung house, India Today predicted that the Congress-JMM alliance, might get a majority while the Times Now exit poll is in between. As per Times Now  41 seats might go to the  Congress-JMM alliance, 1 short of a majority. The C Voter survey predicted that the BJP might get 32 seats and  Congress 35 while AJSU will get  5 seats.

 In the 2019 general elections, the BJP bagged 11 seats out of 14 Lok Sabha seats.and its ally got 1 seat. In the assembly election, Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (JVM) headed by former chief minister Babulal Marandi has fielded its candidates in most of the constituencies and its performance will hugely affect the outcome in several areas. On the other hand the main face of the opposition alliance “Mahagathbandhan” which comprises of the JMM, Congress, and RJD is JMM working president Hemant Soren.  

The results will also affect his political career. The first chief minister of the state Raghubar Das of the BJP completed his full tenure and the BJP had used this as a point during their election campaign. Jharkhand recorded around 71 percent voting in the fifth and final phase of polls for 16 assembly constituencies as per official record.

 The BJP was earlier confident and had said that they will definitely win. and had mentioned that the people will give them mandate adding that the BJP has always supported smaller parties. As per sources the BJP had requested both Sudesh Mahto and Babulal Marandi when the leads showed a neck-and-neck situation for some time. As votes for the Jharkhand election were counted the ruling BJP and the Congress-Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) appeared to be in a close contest in the early rounds, both sides began calling each other in case there was a hung verdict. However, very quickly the trend changed and one of the two main rivals the Congress-JMM moved past the majority mark.

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