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Tuesday 18 February 2020

Jharkhand exit polls: JMM-INC-RJD govt or hung Assembly

Most exit polls on the Jharkhand Assembly election project a comfortable picture for the INC-JMM-RJD alliance; there is one that doesn't

The five-phase polling in the Assembly elections for 81 seats in Jharkhand concluded on Friday. According to the exit polls, the BJP may get a shock here. An INC-JMM coalition government can be formed.

According to the exit polls of India Today and Axis My India, BJP may get 22 to 32 seats. The INC, JMM and RJD alliance can get 38 to 50 seats. The Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (JVM) may get between two and four seats, the All Jharkhand Student Union (AJSU) between three and five and others between four and seven seats.

Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghuvar Das has expressed confidence, however, that his party will win 65 seats in the State.

According to INS-C Voters and ABP exit poll, the BJP may get a setback in Jharkhand. The BJP may get 28 to 36 seats. But the JMM, INC and RJD alliance seems to be far away from the majority, too. The Jharkhand Mukti Morcha-INC-RJD alliance is projected to get 31-39 seats in the 81-member Assembly, thus yielding a hung Assembly as predicted by Sirf News earlier.

According to the exit poll of Times Now, BJP is expected to get 28 seats in Jharkhand while the INC, JMM and RJD alliance are estimated to get 44 seats.

Jharkhand has a total of 81 Assembly seats. In the 2014 election, the BJP managed to win 37 seats with 31.3% of votes polled. The AJSU won 5 seats with 3.7% of the vote. At the same time, JMM won 19 seats with 20.4% votes, INC six seats with 10.5% votes and JVM won eight seats with 10% votes. However, after the election, six JVM MLAs left the party and joined the BJP. Apart from this, six seats were won by others.

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