JHARKHAND : JMM-Congress-RJD alliance wins with 47 seats; BJP again loses another state
First they lost Maharashtra & now Jharkhand, many states BJP free, says Shiv Sena
After a day of counting, Jharkhand Assembly election results are finally out. The pre-poll alliance between Congress, Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) has won majority with a total of 47 seats between them. This means they can easily sail past the magic mark of 41 seats required to stake claim to power in the 81-strong Jharkhand Assembly. Out of the three, JMM won 30 seats, Congres won 16 seats and RJD won one seat,
This marks another defeat for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which lost Maharashtra to an alliance of estranged ally Shiv Sena, National Congress Party and Congress. The Raghubar Das-led party, which jumped into the fray sans allies, was limited to only 25 seats, a far cry from the required 41 seats.
JMM leader and most popular face for CM Hemant Soren has won both Dumka and Barhait Assembly seats. He defeated BJP's Lois Marandi by a margin of 13,188 votes to win the Dumka constituency. Soren won the Barhait seat against BJP's Simon Malto by a margin of 25,740 votes.
Meanwhile, incumbent CM Raghubar Das could not retain his seat. He lost the Jamshedpur East seat by a margin of 15,833 votes to BJP rebel and his former state Cabinet colleague Saryu Roy. On Monday late evening, he tendered his resignation from the post of CM to Governor Draupadi Murmu. He will hold the office till the new government is in place.
Source : Business Times