The BJP has announced a first list of 52 candidates ahead of elections in Jharkhand that are scheduled to begin at the end of the month. Chief Minister Raghubar Das will contest the Jamshedpur (East) seat while Jharkhand BJP chief Lakshman Gilua will fight from Chakradharpur. BJP President JP Nadda, who released the list, declared that under Mr Das’s leadership the state had seen reduced corruption levels and had become known for stability and development.
The Congress has also released a first list – with five names. The party has fielded state Congress chief Rameshwar Oraon from Lohardaga constituency.
The elections will be held in five phases starting November 30. Results will be declared on December 23. The voting dates for the five phases are November 30, December 7, December 12, December 16 and December 20.
The election will be the third state poll since Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the BJP to a massive win in Lok Sabha elections in April-May. It will also be the third BJP-ruled state to hold elections this year, following Maharashtra and Haryana, which voted on October 21.
The BJP, which currently rules the state in an alliance with the All Jharkhand Students’ Union (AJSU), will hope for better results than it recorded in Maharashtra and Haryana. The party was widely expected to win both states by comfortable margins but suffered setbacks, winning fewer seats in each than it did in the last election, although it did emerge as the single-largest in each state.
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