A year of Congress triumph and MNS rise:
It was a 'double triumph' for Congress in Maharashtra in 2009
as it not only decimated the BJP-Shiv Sena
Jharkhand was Wednesday headed towards political uncertainty with a
messy, fractured electoral verdict that gave no clear leads to any
grouping. Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) was pitchforked into the role
of kingmaker in the 81-member assembly.
The Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led alliances were
virtually neck-and-neck and the JMM followed close behind, making a
hung assembly inevitable.
According to the latest trends available for the 81 seats, for which
counting was on, the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) had
won five seats and was ahead in 17.
Congress had won three and was leading in 11 constituencies. Its
partner, the Jharkhand Vikas Morcha-Prajatantrik, bagged one and was
leading in nine seats.
Shibu Soren’s JMM got one seat and was ahead in 16 seats — its 17
possible seats propelling it to kingmaker in any electoral
calculation in the state that has been under president’s rule for
almost a year.
Others, including Lalu Prasad’s Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), were
leading in 17 seats.
RJD, which could also play a crucial role in government formation,
got one seat and was leading in five.
the Congress and the BJP vied for the JMM’s support, the party put a
rider on its support — make Soren, who was watching the results
unfold on TV from Bokaro, chief minister.
will support only those who will favour Shibu Soren (the JMM chief)
as the new chief minister,” JMM general secretary Supriyo
Bhattacharya told IANS as the trend became clear right in the
Congress played its “secular” card to woo Soren while the BJP said
nobody was “untouchable”.
is high time that secular forces unite,” said union Food Processing
Minister and Congress MP Subodh Kant Sahay.
Keshav Rao of the Congress, who is in charge of the party’s affairs
in Jharkhand, also said he would be talking to Soren.
Congress leaders were also buoyed by the fact that the RJD and the
JMM, though estranged partners and not part of the United
Progressive Alliance, supported it from outside.
“They are not part of the UPA as of now but the RJD and JMM support
the central government from outside,” Congress Working Committee
member Satyavrat Chaturvedi said.
Admitting that the BJP would not be able to form the government on
its own, Jharkhand unit president Raghubar Das said no one was
“untouchable” in politics and that the party was “open to an
one is an untouchable for us. We are ready for an alliance
government with the support of other parties,” Das told IANS.
the groupings also expressed their disappointment in the results.
results have not been on expected lines,” said BJP spokesperson
Congress said they had “improved” their position in the state.
we were hoping to get more seats. The results are short of
expectations,” party spokesperson Shakeel Ahmed told IANS.
election also threw up some interesting results.
Among the prominent winners was Geeta Koda, the wife of
graft-tainted former chief minister Madhu Koda, who won from
Jagganthpur constituency defeating BJP’s Sonaram Biruwa.
is the victory of my husband. This is the victory of the people and
it is also the victory of honesty of Madhu Koda,” Geeta Koda said
about her jailed husband.
Another former minister Enos Ekka, who too is in jail on graft
charges, won from Kolebera, defeating Mahendra Bhagat of the BJP.
Janata Dal-United (JD-U) state president Jaleshwar Mahto lost to JVM-P
Dullu Mahto by over 10,000 votes from Baghmara constituency. The
JD-U is BJP’s partner.
Counting of votes polled in the five-phased Jharkhand assembly
elections had begun Wednesday morning amid heavy security.
staggered polls to the 81-member Jharkhand assembly were held
between Nov 25 and Dec 18. A total of 1,511 candidates were in the
fray and a 58 percent voter turnout was recorded.