Hemant Soren: Trumping the BJP, the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha has emerged as the single-largest party in the 81-seat assembly with party leader Hemant Soren set to stake claim to power today (December 23). The JMM-Congress alliance has comfortably crossed the majority mark of 41. Former Jharkhand chief minister - JMM executive president Hemant Soren announced his candidacy in two constituencies - Dumka and Barhet. Soren fought both seats in 2014, winning in the Barhet constituency but losing to Louis Marandi in Dumka. Hemant is the son of the former chief minister and founder of the JMM, Shibu Soren.
Raghubar Das: Raghubar Das is sitting Chief Minister of Jharkhand and contested from his home constituency of Jamshedpur East. Since being elected in the Jamshedpur East constituency in 1995, Das has never lost his seat. However, Jharkhand's only non-tribal chief minister is pitted against his former colleague, Saryu Roy, who, for the first time, contested from Das' constituency.
Nalin Soren: JMM fielded Nalin Soren from the Shikaripara constituency for the seventh time in the upcoming Assembly elections. Soren has been elected into the seat on every occasion between 1990 and 2019.
Babulal Marandi: Jharkhand's first chief minister left the BJP in 2006 and formed the Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (Prajatantrik). Currently serving as its president, Marandi contested the elections from the Dhanwar seat. JVM has made it poll stand clear. It is part of the united opposition against the incumbent BJP.
CP Singh: The state's capital witnessed an interesting battle between BJP candidate CP Singh (Chandreshwar Prasad Singh), and JMM candidate, Mahua Maji.
Gourav Vallabh: Gourav Vallabh is a former finance professor at XLRI Management Institute in Jamshedpur. He hails from a family of academicians. He is the Congress' candidate contesting from the prestigious Jamshedpur East constituency which has seen strong electoral battles in the past.
Sudesh Mahto: The current President of the All Jharkhand Students Union, Sudesh Mahto contested the Assembly elections from the Silli constituency. Earlier, in December, the AJSU announced the dissolution of the alliance it had with the BJP, although Mahto did suggest that the party would be open to forming new alliances post the election.
Biranchi Narayan: BJP's Biranchi Narayan is contesting from the industrially important, Bokaro seat. He had won that assembly constituency in the previous state election.
Arup Chatterjee: Nirsa was the only seat which was won by Marxist Co-ordination Centre (MCC) Arup Chatterjee for the second time. However this time Chatterjee he faced a tough multi-corner battle and lost to Aparna Sengupta.
Lakshman Gilua: Laxman Giluwa (Lakshman Gilua), the state party chief of the BJP, was selected to contest the elections from the Chakradharpur constituency. Gilua made the news early this year when he claimed that the Balakot strike prior to the 2019 Lok Sabha elections would propel the Narendra Modi-led BJP to victory.
Rameshwar Oraon: Rameshwar Oraon contested from Lohardoga constituency on Congress' ticket. Oraon, who is a former Indian Police Service (IPS) officer, is also the Congress' state party president. He resigned from his position as the Additional Director General of Police in 2004, to contest the Lok Sabha election on a Congress ticket.
Sukhdeo Bhagat: The fight for the Lohardaga constituency may be a battle of the bureaucrats, with the BJP fielding Sukhdeo Bhagat. Before entering politics, Bhagat was a deputy collector. He was also the Congress' state president prior to joining the BJP and has previously stated that Oraon played a large role in his decision to leave the Congress.