Jharkhand: Elections

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2014: the victorious candidates

Jharkhand 2014




Name Of Member




Sunil Kumar Singh




Pashupati Nath Singh




Shibu Soren




Ravindra Kumar Pandey




Nishikant Dubey




Jayant Sinha




Bidyut Baran Mahato




Karia Munda




Ravindra Kr. Ray




Sudarshan Bhagat




Vishnu Dayal Ram




Vijay Kumar Hansdak




Ram Tahal Choudhary




Laxman Giluwa




2014- Assembly Elections

Polling highest-ever in Jharkhand election

The Times of India Dec 21, 2014

Jharkhand assembly and Lok Sabha polling- 2005-2014

In Jharkhand, the 66.03% aggregate poll percentage is the best ever witnessed in any election in the state. The fifth and the final phase saw 70%plus turnouts, with J&K recording 76% polling and Jharkhand, 71%.

The turnout at the last assembly poll in Jharkhand in 2009 was 56.96%. In Jharkhand, the latest assembly poll saw a record turnout. The overall 66.03% polling is even higher than the 63.82% turnout registered in the April-May parliamentary poll this year. The voting percentage in the two assembly polls held in Jharkhand so far, in comparison, was 57.03% in 2005 and 56.96% in 2009.

The race for CM:

The Times of India

Dec 24 2014

2014: BJP presence in Jharkhand. Will state get its first non-tribal CM?

Sandeep Mishra

Area-wise and party-wise vote share: 2014

With its most prominent tribal face Arjun Munda out of the race after losing the elections from Kharsawan, the BJP brass is weighing the possibility of making a non-tribal chief minister, which would be a first for Jharkhand since it's separation from Bihar in 2000. BJP sources said names of party vice-president Raghubar Das (Jamshedpur East MLA), party ideologue Saryu Rai (Jamshedpur West MLA) and former speaker CP Singh (Ranchi MLA) are doing the rounds, though a “surprise“ isn't being ruled out. All the contenders are tight-lipped.

“Party bosses are considering different names, including non-tribals. No decision has been taken yet,“ said a senior party source.

Party insiders admit it would be tough to name a non-tribal and it would mark a tectonic shift in state politics. “It could upset tribals and some leaders could try to make political capital out of it,“ a party functionary noted, adding, “Agitation by tribals could also hit BJP's development agenda.“

Though JMM chief Shibu Soren had earlier told TOI that “anyone could be the chief minister“, his son Hemant Soren has spoken in favour of a tribal. Veterans of other parties, including BJP's Yashwant Sinha, have stressed on ability, instead of caste or tribal affiliation.

In Jharkhand, tribals constitute a quarter of the state's 3.3 crore people. Since 2000, five tribals, Babulal Marandi, Arjun Munda, Shibu Soren, Madhu Koda and Hemant Soren, have been CM in nine governments.

Tribal influence and BJP

The Times of India

Dec 24 2014

Reds losing hold in tribal areas?

BJP seems to have made inroads into Maoistdominated pockets, so far with JMM. Of the state's 81 constituencies, 24 are considered Maoist hotbeds. Of these, BJP-AJSU combine bagged 10 seats that include eight new ones. JMM clinched seven seats in Red districts. Disregarding the Maoists's poll boycott call, voters turned out in large numbers that proved beneficial for the BJP. The saffron party won in Chatra, Bishrampur, Chhatarpur, Garhwa, Ghatshila, Bermo and Giridih while its ally AJSU party clinched Lo hardaga and Tamar.

Turnout in most Red areas went up. Pakur and Shikaripara in Dumka, that witnessed poll-related violence during LS elections registered 80% and 76% polling, respectively. Ghatshila in East Singhbhum, where an encounter occurred a day before polling, registered 69% turnout.


BJP wins

Win boosts BJP’s assembly hopes, May 24, 2019: The Times of India

Constituencies won by the main political parties in Jharkhand in the Lok Sabha elections of 2014 and 2019.
From: Win boosts BJP’s assembly hopes, May 24, 2019: The Times of India

Two States Born In 2000 Repose Faith In One Party

BJP defeated the mahagathbandhan in Jharkhand, riding high on the Modi wave and the national security narrative, coupled with the Centre’s welfare schemes.

The NDA, comprising BJP and Ajsu-P, won 12 of the 14 seats, a feat that will give it the much-needed momentum ahead of the assembly elections scheduled later this year.

Jharkhand was the first state to see the emergence of a mahagathbandhan comprising Congress, JMM, JVM-P and RJD for the general election. BJP, on the other hand, had forged an alliance with regional partner Ajsu-P to take on the grand alliance.

Of the 14 seats, BJP fought on 13 and gave one of its sitting seats, Giridih, to its ally. Except Singhbhum and Rajmahal, which were won by Congress’s Geeta Koda and JMM’s Vijay Kumar Hansdak, respectively, NDA secured the other 12 seats, matching its 2014 Lok Sabha tally. A few more gambles worked in its favour.

In Khunti, Ranchi and Koderma, it replaced its sitting MPs with young faces. In Khunti and Ranchi, it replaced veterans Karia Munda and Ram Tahal Choudhary with Arjun Munda and Sanjay Seth. Both the replacement candidates won. In Koderma, BJP gave a ticket to RJD turncoat Annupurna Devi, sensing the growing antiincumbency against sitting MP Ravindra Rai. She defeated mahagathbandhan’s Babulal Marandi, JVM-P chief and the state’s first chief minister, by a record margin of over 4.5 lakh votes.

For the BJP, the biggest gain came in Dumka, where its candidate Sunil Soren unseated JMM patriarch and eight-time MP Shibu Soren. Despite losing in the past two polls, the BJP had reposed faith in Sunil, who proved lucky in the third time.

The party, however, battled some controversial decisions by the Raghubar Das government, such as tenancy land laws, to achieve the feat.

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