New Delhi :
Counting of votes for Jharkhand Assembly Elections has been scheduled on December 23. The counting, for the 81 Assembly seats, will begin at 8 am. The voting for these seats was in held in five phases from November 30 to December 20. Meanwhile, most exit polls telecast by news channels indicated a hung assembly. The ABP/C-Voters has given 35 seats to the opposition alliance of the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM), the Congress and the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD). It has given 32 seats to the ruling BJP, five to the AJSU Party and three to the Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (Prajatantrik) and six to others. Aaj Tak has given the BJP between 22 and 32 seats, and the JMM-led opposition between 38 and 50 seats. It has predicted two to four seats for the JVM-P, three to five for the AJSU Party and four to seven for others.
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Marandi had defeated Soren in 2014 assembly elections.
BJP candidate and Jharkhand Agriculture Minister Randhir Singh is seeking re-election from Sarath constituency, while another saffron party nominee and Women and Child Development Minister Louis Marandi is pitted against JMM working president Hemant Soren in Dumka.
Of the 5,389 polling stations in the state, 396 in Naxal-affected areas have been marked “critical” and 208 as “sensitive”.
Out of 81 assembly seats in the states, elections concluded in 65 constituencies in the previous four phases between November 30 and December 16.
The approximate voter turnout for all the 81 assembly constituencies across the five phases is 65.17 per cent, compared to the 66.53 per cent recorded in the 2014 elections.
For the first time since Jharkhand’s creation 19 years ago, assembly elections to all the 81 seats passed off without violence by Maoists.