THE opposition alliance of Jharkhand Mukti Morcha, Congress and the RJD is set to form the next government in Jharkhand displacing the BJP which ruled the state for the last 5 years.
For the BJP, which was confident of retaining power in the state, the defeat is shocking as chief minister Raghubar Das is trailing to party rebel Saryu Roy in Jamshedpur East assembly seat. Also, the party may no longer be the single largest party in the state with the JMM set to take that tag.
Speaking to reporters, JMM working president Hemant Soren, who is set to be the new chief minister of the state, said: “A new chapter has started for Jharkhand, people’s expectations will be fulfilled.”
Hemant Soren thanked the people of the state for giving the alliance a clear majority .
“The future course of action will be decided in consultation with the allies,” he said.
The good showing of the opposition alliance brings to an end the 5-year rule of the Raghubar Das government in the state.
In the last assembly elections, the BJP had bagged 37 seats. Its ally All Jharkhand Students’ Union (AJSU) had won 5 seats. The two parties contested these elections separately after they could not come to an agreement on sharing of seats.
The JMM, the Congress and the RJD which could stitch a pre-poll alliance managed to improve its tally in the elections. In the last elections, the JMM had bagged 19 seats and the Congress managed 6. The RJD had failed to open its account in the last elections.
Former chief minister Babulal Marandi, who was expected to play the kingmaker, had won 8 seats in the last assembly elections. His party’s count is expected to come down to 3.