C-Voter predicted that JMM and the Congress will together garner 31-39 seats while BJP is predicted to get 28-36 seats. The pollster predicted 3-7 seats for AJSU and 1-5 seats for JVM. Meanwhile, India Today-Axis My India exit poll gave 38-50 seats to the Congress-JMM alliance with 22-32 for BJP. JVM, according to the pollster, may get 2-4 seats with AJSU ending up with 3-5. Out of the 81 assembly seats, elections had concluded in 65 constituencies in the previous four phases between 30 November and 16 December. Votes will be counted on 23 December to decide the fate of the candidates.
Over 40,000 security personnel have been deployed in these Assembly constituencies spread over six districts to ensure free, fair and peaceful polling, Election Commission officials said. In picture, a security person stands guard as voters queue up to cast votes during the fifth phase of the Jharkhand Assembly elections, in Godda district, Friday. (Image: PTI)
In five seats, which have Maoist-hit pockets, the process concluded two hours early today, the officials said. The seats that went to polls are Borio (ST), Barhait (ST), Litipara (ST), Maheshpur (ST), Sikaripara (ST), Rajmahal, Pakur, Nalla, Jamtara, Dumka (ST), Jama (ST), Jarmundi, Sarath, Poreyahat, Godda and Mahagama.
In the final round of elections, the fates of two Jharkhand ministers and former chief minister Hemant Soren will be decided. Soren, who is contesting in two seats, is facing a tough battle from Woman and Child Welfare Minister Louis Marandi of the BJP from Dumka and Simon Malto of the saffron party from Barhait
The state saw a six-way battle with two national parties, the ruling BJP and main opposition party Congress battling it out with the smaller regional parties like AJSU Party, Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM), Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (Prajatantrik) and Rashtriya Janata Dal trying to play a major part in this assembly elections. The JMM fought in 43 seats while its alliance partners Congress and the RJD fought in 31 and seven seats, respectively.
Voting for the final phase of the five-phase Assembly election took place in 16 constituencies in Jharkhand on Friday. Counting of votes is scheduled on 23 December. Polling ended at 3 pm in five of 16 Assembly constituencies that went to polls on Friday. A total of 62.65 per cent voter turnout was registered till 3 pm in the state, with the polling process scheduled to end at 5 pm, they said.
Voting had commenced at 7 am in all 16 seats, as people were seen standing in queues outside polling booths. In five seats, which have Maoist-hit pockets, the process concluded two hours early, the officials said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Union Tribal Welfare Minister Arjun Munda, BJP's working president JP Nadda and Jharkhand chief minister Raghubar Das were among the BJP leaders who campaigned in the Santhal Pargana region.
Congress general cecretary Priyanka Gandhi, Chhattisgarh chief minister Bhupesh Baghel and Shatrughan Sinha were among the party leaders who appealed to the people to vote for the opposition alliance of Congress, JMM and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD).
Of 81 Assembly seats, elections were completed in 65 constituencies in the four phases between 30 November and 16 December.
The seats that went to polls Friday are Borio (ST), Barhait (ST), Litipara (ST), Maheshpur (ST), Sikaripara (ST), Rajmahal, Pakur, Nalla, Jamtara, Dumka (ST), Jama (ST), Jarmundi, Sarath, Poreyahat, Godda and Mahagama. Altogether 40,05,287 electorate, including 19,55,336 women and 30 third-gender voters, were found eligible to cast their vote, Jharkhand Chief Electoral Officer Vinay Kumar Choubey said.
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