Jharkhand will go to polls in a total of five phases starting from November 30, the Election Commission of India announced Friday. The subsequent phases will be held on December 7, 12, 16 and 20. The results of the Assembly elections will be declared on December 23.
The term of the 81-member Jharkhand Assembly is set to end on January 5 next year.
The state is currently under the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) rule with Raghubar Das serving as Chief Minister for a five-year term. In the 2014 Assembly elections, the BJP bagged bagged 37 seats and formed the government with alliance partner All Jharkhand Students’ Union that won five seats. Six MLAs of former CM Babulal Marandi’s party Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (JVM) also joined the saffron party soon after the elections
BJP is again promoting Das for the CM post and is aiming for a second term. Congress and Jharkhand Mukti Morcha would contest elections together.
Despite of the thumping victory, BJP’s performance in both the states trailed. According to sources, the ruling party is planning to alter the political plank for Jharkhand Assembly polls for retaining the state and increasing the tally from the previous time.
After Maharashtra and Haryana, it is the third state to go to polls since Prime Minister Narendra Modi won the Lok Sabha elections.