Posted on December 23, 2019, 1:41 PM IST
The party alliance led by Hemant Soren’s Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) has already crossed the halfway mark in Jharkhand, by 1 pm. Soren himself is leading from both the seats - Dumka and Barhait - which he had chosen to contest.
While Hemant has won nearly 49 per cent of votes so far in Dumka, his opponent and BJP candidate Lois Marandi is trailing with 43.74 per cent of vote share.
“The government that is going to be formed will be a majority and a strong government. Our alliance is capable of forming the government alone. But still, those who are winning against the government, it is their moral responsibility and our moral responsibility as well that we take them together,” Congress leader Rajesh Thakur said while speaking to reporters.
Chief Minister Raghubar Das, who is eyeing second term, has been seen trailing his cabinet colleague Saryu Roy from Jamshedpur-East seat after fourth round of counting. The lead of 771 is, however, very slim, and there are 12 more rounds to go.
Das has won from Jamshedpur-East for 5 consecutive times, and looked set to emerge victorious this time too, but Roy jumped in the fray as an Independent candidate after being denied ticket from his sitting seat Jamshedpur-West in East Singhbhum district of Jharkhand.
Sensing victory, Congress workers are celebrating at party headquarters in New Delhi, but Raghubar Das is not giving up. “It will be wrong to arrive at any conclusion,” he said, insisting that the BJP will win elections to the 81-member state assembly before the day is out.
“A government will only be formed under the BJP’s leadership,” Das said, a suggestion the party could reach out to friendly parties and ex-allies to cross the majority mark of 41.
Tejashwi Yadav, responding to earlier reports of the alliance’s leads on 42 seats, had already gone ahead declare that the alliance had “swept” the elections and reiterated that Soren, the JMM working president, would be the next Jharkhand chief minister.
Polling on 81 Assembly seats in Jharkhand was held in five phases from November 30 to December 20.
The tenure of the current Assembly ends on January 5, 2020. This is the fourth Assembly election in Jharkhand since the state was carved out of Bihar in 2000.