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Date: 27-12-2014
  • Former chief minister of Bihar and senior JD-U leader Nitish Kumar has alleged that the BJP is trying to divide the state of Jharkhand with a non-tribal chief minister in form of Raghubar Das. Nitish Kumar said, "After the formation of Jharkhand 14 years ago, there is a tradition of a tribal chief minister in the state. But BJP has broken this tradition announcing the name of Raghubar Das, a non tribal as chief minister."  
Date: 26-12-2014
  • The state of Jharkhand will see the first ever non-tribal leader in the chair of the Chief Minister of the state. It will be BJP leader Raghubar Das who will head the next government in the state. The decision was taken unanimously at the party's newly elected lawmakers' meeting in Ranchi. Raghubar Das has previously been the Deputy Chief Minister of the state and BJP state vice-president. Raghbar Das's name as the new CM had started doing rounds ever since the verdict for the state assembly elections was out on December 23. Party's two tribal leaders Arjun Munda and Babulal Marandi were also in contention for the post of CM but their names were ruled out once both of them lost the elections from all the seats they had contested. BJP and its allies collectively won 42 seats in the 81 member assembly. 

Date: 24-12-2014
  • The Congress is disappointed with the results of Jharkhand assembly elections. Party spokesman Ajoy Kumar said "It is time to go to the grass root level and rebuild our support base in Jharkhand," he said. He admitted Congress failed in forming an alliance of the non-Bharatiya Janata Party parties. "We failed in bringing the non-BJP parties together," he said. Congress could only manage 6 of the 81 assembly seats. 
  • A number of senior political leaders from Bihar have held the non-BJP parties in Jharkhand responsible for their loss to BJP in the state. Amongst those who cited the absence of unity in the state's non-BJP parties to be the reason behind BJP's big win are Bihar CM Jitan Ram Manjhi, ex-chief minister of Bihar and RJD Chief Lalu Prasad yadav and former CM and JDU leader Nitish Kumar. 
  • The political analysts are of the view that the BJP may be winning elections regularly, but their winning momentum can not entirely be attributed to the 'Modi Wave' or the PM's development agenda. They opine that the absence of a 'coherent and united' opposition is also contributing to it. The BJP won in Jharkhand comfortably as in Maharashtra and Haryana. 

Date: 23-12-2014
  • The Election Commission of India has declared the results for 61 out of 81 seats of the Jharkhand state assembly. The BJP, as expected, is way ahead of the others but there is almost no possibility for it to go past the majority mark. Of these 61 seats, the BJP has won 28 seats. The Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) is second with only 17, eleven shy of BJP. Congress is heading towards another debacle who has managed only 3 seats thus far. The JVM have their hold on 6 seats so far. 
  • The Jharkhand Mukti Morcha is surging ahead of BJP with 10 seats as compared to the latter's 7 out of the 29 seats so far declared by the Election Commission of India. The Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (JVM) and the Congress are winning 3 seats each. The results for the rest of the 52 of the 81 assembly seats are still to be announced. 
  • BJP's Saryu Roy won from Jamshedpur East, but former CM of the state Babulal Marandi of BJP could not win his contested seat of Kharasawan. Though, Yogeshwar Mahto and Manish Jaiswal gave BJP tow seats from Barmo and Hazaribagh, respectively. While JMM's Joba Manjhi has won the Manoharpur seat. 
  • The Ranchi assembly constituency now belongs to the BJP. CP Singh of the Bharatiya Janata Party has won the Ranchi assembly seat. 
  • The present Chief Minister of the state of Jharkhand Hemant Soren of JMM has emerged winner from Barhait assembly segment. On the other hand BJP's Raj Sinha has won the Dhanbad assembly seat. Former Deputy Chief Minister AJSU chief Sudesh Mahto lost Silli seat to Amit Kumar of Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM). 
  • The Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) has managed to win the first seat in the state of Jharkhand. JMM's Niral Purti has won the Majhgaon assembly seat. Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) has accounted for the Litipara assembly contituency in Jharkhand. JMM's Anil Murmu won the Litipara seat. Whereas Jai Bharat Samnta Party's (JBSP) has also lost to JMM's Niral Purti in Majhgaon assembly seat. 
  • Odds appear to be changing drastically in the state of Jharkhand. The latest trends suggest that the BJP, which was earlier projected to manage clear majority in the state with 42-49 seats, may have to be settle for 37 of the 81 seats. 
  • BJP's Lois Marandi is leading the incumbent Chief Minister and JMM's Hemant Soren in Dumka assembly constituency. On the other hand, former CM and JVM's Babulal Marandi is trailing BJP's Nirbhay Kumar Shatabdi in Girdhi assembly segment.  
  • The incumbent Chief Minister of Jharkhand and JMM's Hemant Soren is leading from Barhait constituency against BJP's Hemlal Murmu by 94 votes.  
  • It seems all BJP in the state of Jharkhand as the early trends of the counting of votes suggests. According to the latest updates the BJP is leading others on 44 seats while the JMM is leading on 12 seats of the 81 in fray. Congress is ahead only on 5. 
  • Counting of votes for the assembly elections in the states of Jammu & Kashmir and Jharkhand began on Tuesday at 8.00 am. A total of 87 assembly constituencies are in fray in J&K, where according to various opinion and exit polls the PDP is going to get the most number of seats but not the majority mark of 44 or more and BJP is going to settle with 22-25 seats. While in Jharkhand, the BJP is going to win with a bang and manage clear majority with 47-49 seats out of the 81 available. 
Date: 22-12-2014
  • The official results of the 2014 Jharkhand state legislative assembly elections will be announced on Tuesday, 23 December. The polling for the elections took place in five phases that concluded on 20 December. All the major parties are eagerly awaiting the people's verdict to be announced. 
Date: 21-12-2014
  • Exit Polls, both by AXIS-APM and India Today-CICERO, projecting a clear majority for BJP in Jharkhand. While the former expects BJP to get anything from 37 to 43 seats, the latter expects BJP to win 43 to 51 constituencies. Per AXIS-APM exit poll projection, the seats won by other political parties are 12 to 16 seats by JVM, 10 to 14 seats by JMM, 4 to 6 seats by INC, 3 to 5 seats by RJD, and 4 to 8 seats by Others. Per India Today-CICERO exit poll projection, 14 to 18 seats will be won by JMM, 7 to 11 seats by INC, and 7 to 11 seats by Others. 
  • Amarpreet Singh Kale, Jharkhand BJP's Spokesperson, has claimed that his party will get a clear majority in the just concluded Jharkhand election. He went on to claim that his party will win 55 constituencies out of the total 81-seat assembly. He pointed out that BJP will especially fair better in JMM stronghold Santhal Parganas. 
  • Political analysts believe that Narendra Modi, numero uno of BJP, may spring surprise when it comes to choosing Chief Minister of the state, if BJP forms the next government. Breaking the on-going trend NaMo may select a non-tribal as the next Chief Minister of Jharkhand. 
  • Hemant Soren, current Chief Minister of Jharkhand and senior JMM leader, has said that all the exit poll results will be proven wrong when the poll results are declared just a few days from now. He went on to say that all the poll pundits will be proven wrong this time and his party will emerge as the single largest party in the upcoming Assembly. 
  • BJP's Arjun Munda, one of the front runners in the race for Chief minister's post, claimed that his party will emerge as the largest party and will form a majority government in Jharkhand. 
Date: 20-12-2014
  • The assembly segment of Pakur registered the highest voter turnout of 75.5% in Jharkhand followed by Littipara registering 75 percent of balloting according to officials. Mahagama with 66.2 percent witnessed the lowest voter turnout. The incumbent chief minister of the state Hemant Soren, who is contesting from Dumka and Barhait assembly segments, is also in fray. 
  • The state of Jharkhand not only maintained its consistency of turning out in big numbers but did better in the fifth and last phase of the elections. Jharkhand saw over 70 percent of the voters exercise their franchise in the last phase of the assembly elections.  
  • The electorate of Jharkhand displayed their enthusiasm in the final phase polls on Saturday. Over one-thirds of ballot was cast till 11 am in the 16 assembly constituencies. Within the first four ours of polling, the highest voter turnout at around 41 percent was recorded in Pakur assembly segment, while Godda witnessed the lowest electorate turnout where only 27 percent of voters turned out to vote till 11 am.  
  • PM Narendra Modi urged the people of Jharkhand to cast their ballot in record numbers on Saturday in the final phase of the state assembly elections. "I urge all those voting in the fifth and final phase of Jammu and Kashmir and Jharkhand assembly polls to turn out in record numbers and vote" he said in a tweet. Close to 37 lac people were enrolled to cast their vote in this phase in 16 assembly segments to decide the fate of 208 candidates. Jharkhand has been consistent in terms of the electorate turnout in the previous four phases recording over 60 percent of balloting. 
Date: 19-12-2014
  • BJP's state unit president in Jharkhand Ravindra Rai alleged that Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) has used "intimidation and undemocratic" tactics on its candidates in the Dumka and Barhait assembly Segments. Rai was present in a joint press conference in Ranchi when he said, "JMM activists are intimidating BJP candidates and workers in Dumka and Barhait. We will move the Election Commission against the actions." Rai further pointed his fingers on the incumbent Chief Minister and JMM leader Hemant Soren who is a candidate from these two seats, saying that he instigated activities against BJP candidates and their relatives. JMM, on the other hand, denied the allegations stating that it was BJP's frustration over the fact that they (BJP) are losing the plot in the ongoing elections. 
  • The polling for the fifth and last phase of the state assembly elections will be operational on Saturday, December 20 in Jharkhand. 16 assembly constituencies are scheduled to go for balloting in this phase. The incumbent Chief Minister and JMM leader Hemant Soren is amongst the political stalwarts who will be in fray. Soren is contesting elections from two assembly segments- Dumka and Barhait. Approximately 37 lac voters are slated to exercise their ballots in this phase. Polling will start at 7 am and will come to a halt at 3 pm in all the 16 seats.  
Date: 18-12-2014
  • Campaigning for the fifth and the final phase of the state assembly elections ended on Thursday in Jharkhand as well as in Jammu & Kashmir. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP veteran leader Rajnath Singh, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi and the incumbent chief minister of the state of Jharkhand Hemant Soren of JMM are amongst those who have campaigned in the state for the fifth phase. A total of 16 constituencies will go for polling on Saturday, 20 December and the results are to be announced on December 23. 
Date: 17-12-2014
  • A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi accused the previous governments of 'looting' the state of Jharkhand in an election rally in Dumka assembly segment, the incumbent chief minister Hemant Soren retaliated to the former's accusations with similar allegations. Addressing a rally in Pakur assembly constituency Soren said, "BJP ek lootera party hei (BJP is a party of loot), They have eyes on mineral resources of Jharkhand." While appealing to the electorate of the state to vote for JMM, Soren did not spare Congress either. "Both BJP and Congress are opportunistic parties," he added.  
  • Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi was in Jharkhand on Wednesday campaigning for the party ahead of the fifth and the final phase of the state assembly elections. Addressing an election rally in Shikaripara, Rahul Gandhi said that he and Prime Minister Narendra Modi had different ideas as far as development of the state was concerned. He also said that the emancipation of the Tribals, farmers and women was essential to make the dream of a developed Jharkhand a reality. Rahul Gandhi said in a media interaction that, "There is a difference in the way I think and the way the Prime Minister thinks. He feels that he can develop Jharkhand while sitting in New Delhi, I do not agree with this. I want to empower farmers, tribals and women of Jharkhand to strengthen the state." "Unless we give rights to people and empower them, a state like Jharkhand cannot move forward," he added. Saturday, December 20 is the day when the polling for the final phase goes underway. 
Date: 16-12-2014
  • Congress supremo Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday had to cancel her election rally that she was to address in Jharkhand for reasons unknown. Gandhi was to address a rally in Pakaur assembly constituency on Tuesday ahead of the fifth and the final phase of the assembly elections. Though the Congress vice-president and Sonia Gandhi's son Rahul Gandhi will be campaigning for his party in the state of Jharkhand on Wednesday. According to the state Congress spokesperson Rajesh Thakur, Rahul will reach Bokaro in a private plane at 10.30 am then he will head to Shikaripara via a chopper and will address a rally there at around 11.30 am. The final phase of the state assembly elections is to take place on Saturday, 20 December. 
Date: 15-12-2014
  • PM Narendra Modi on Monday accused Congress of 'lying and misleading' voters of Jharkhand. Modi said that Congress holds meeting on daily basis to make strategies to lie and mislead the voters. Addressing an election rally in the Dumka assembly constituency Modi said, "Congress doesn't even know the magnitude of the tribal people who stay in the nation. They never thought of working for them. Those against us are short of issues to criticize us. They wonder what to say, because we are devoted to serving the people. Congress holds a meeting every evening and thinks about what lies to spread, how to mislead the voters." 
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday invoked the electorate of Jharkhand to bring the 'plunderers of the state' to justice. Modi is campaigning for BJP in the state ahead of the fifth and the final of phase of the assembly elections. Addressing a rally in the Dumka assembly segment Modi said, "As a mother punishes her children who commit mistake to ensure that the mistake is not committed again. People of Santhal region should also punish the leaders who plundered the state, If the leaders are not be punished, then they will get embolden to do more mistakes. The state has been plundered by those who ruled the state." The fifth phase of the assembly elections is slated to go for polls on Saturday, December 20.  
  • The state of Jharkhand maintained its consistency of over 60 percent of voter turnout. 61.08 percent of electorate came out and cast their votes in the 15 constituencies that went for polling in the fourth phase. Voting in Jharkhand began at 7 am in all the constituencies and ended at 3 pm in 13 of the 15 seats. Polling went on till 5 pm in Dhanbad and Bokaro assembly segments. The polling for the fifth and the final phase is scheduled to take place on December 20.  
Date: 14-12-2014
  • Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (Prajatantrik) has asked Election Commission for a repoll in Ichagarh seat. They alleged that BJP made administration arrest Arvind Kumar Singh, sitting JVM-P candidate, on false rigging charges. 
  • Educationist Dr. Hemlata has said that this assembly election is being contested at a different tone than last time because she feels the time has come for the people of Jharkhand to learn from the last 14 years of rule and cast their vote accordingly. She said that Chhattisgarh has been ahead of Jharkhand, in terms of progress, because of the one-party rule in the state. Hemlata urged electorates of Jharkhand to exercise their franchise to elect a majority government. 
  • Fourth phase election in Jharkhand started at 8am today. 30.06 per cent polling was recorded till 11am today. The highest turnout was recorded was 40 per cent and 39 per cent in Sindri and Tundi respectively till 11 in the morning. Till 3pm, 60 per cent polling was reported in Jharkhand. Poll officials have reported that election was overall peaceful. Some of the most important candidates who are contesting this poll include Babulal Marandi (chief of Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (Prajatantrik) and ex-CM of the state), Suresh Paswan (RJD leader as well as incumbent Tourism Minister of the state), and Vinod Kumar Singh (CPI-ML leader and 2-time MLA). 
  • Rajnath Singh, national level leader of BJP as well as Home Minister of India, has said that his party wants to catapult India to the number one spot in the world. He also said that development in Jharkhand is possible only when BJP assumes power in Jharkhand, just like what they did at the centre. 
  • Over 48 percent of electorate is said to have cast their vote till 1 pm in Jharkhand. Polling for the fourth of the five phased state assembly elections is underway in 15 of the 81 assembly seats. The electorate turnout seems to have accelerated after 11 am when just over 30% turnout was recorded. The balloting will go on till 3 pm in 13 constituencies but will continue till 5 pm in Dhanbad and Bokaro assembly seats.  
  • A little over 30% of votes were cast in the state of Jharkhand till 11 a.m. on Sunday according to an Election Commission official. The official added, "Till 11.00 a.m., 30.06 percent voting has taken place. Till 11.00 a.m. the highest turnout was in Sindri with 40 percent, followed by Tundi with 39 percent." Voting started at 7 a.m. in the 15 assembly constituencies in the fourth phase of the elections. 
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi appealed to the people of J&K and Jharkhand to come out and cast their ballots in large numbers as the fourth phase of the assembly elections in both the states goes underway. "I urge all friends across J&K and Jharkhand voting today in the 4th phase of the Vidhan Sabha elections to vote in large numbers," he said in a tweet. 
  • Voting began in the 15 assembly constituencies in the fourth phase of the Jharkhand assembly elections on Sunday. Polling booths were thrown open in 13 constituencies at 7 a.m. where balloting will go on till 3 p.m. While in Dhanbad and Bokaro assembly segments, electorate can cast votes till 5 p.m. A total of around 43 lakh voters will decide the fate of 217 candidates in this phase. The fifth and final phase of the elections is scheduled to get underway on Saturday, 20 December. 
Date: 13-12-2014
  • 15 assembly constituencies, a number of which are Maoist affected, are set to go for polls in Jharkhand in the fourth phase of the elections. A total of 217 candidates will be awaiting their fate as these 15 constituencies go for polls and where 43,48,709 electors are listed to cast their votes. Former Chief Minister of the state Babulal Marandi, who has had his luck tested in the third phase from Dhanwar already, is a contestant from Girdih seat as well. Adequate security arrangements are in place in the state to avert any threats posed by the Maoists.  
Date: 12-12-2014
  • Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has urged the Maoists to do away with the ways of violence and join the mainstream for the overall development of the state. Addressing a rally in Baghmara in Dhanbad district Singh Said, "In democracy there is no space for violence. Naxalites must drop weapons and contribute in the development of villages as well as state." Rajnath Singh was in Dhanbad campaigning for BJP ahead of the fourth of the five phased assembly elections in the state. The balloting under the fourth phase will take place on December 14. 
  • Former Jharkhand Chief Minister Madhu Koda is under the scanner and hammer of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). The premier investigative agency has filed a charge sheet against the former CM in the coal block case involving Vini Iron and Steel Udyog Ltd. Seven others also have been charge sheeted in the case. The CBI filed the charge-sheet before Special Judge Bharat Parashar, who posted the matter for Dec 22. Various charges like cheating and criminal conspiracy have been slapped on Koda and others under the Prevention of Corruption act.  
Date: 11-12-2014
  • Union Home Minister and veteran BJP leader Rajnath Singh today addressed an election rally in Dhanbad assembly constituency of Jharkhand. Urging the electorate to vote in abundance for BJP, Rajnath Singh assured the people of the socio-economic development of the long neglected area. Singh said that useful measures would be taken for the betterment of the miners of Bhuli, Asia's largest labor colony, if BJP is brough to power. Rajnath Singh further said that Jharkhand is on high on the party's development agenda since former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee had created Jharkhand so that it can have its own share of development. 
Date: 10-12-2014
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed a rally in Dhanbad, Jharkhand on Tuesday ahead of the Fourth of the five phases of the assembly polls. Modi was campaigning for BJP as the balloting for the third phase was on in 17 assembly constituencies. Modi showed his gratitude towards the state of Jharkhand for voting for BJP in the Loksabha elections in large numbers, and appealed to the people to do the same in the assembly elections as well. Modi said at the rally that Congress was short of issues and was repeating itself time and again. Modi also said that the state of Jharkhand needed utmost care by the government and the poor should be benefited by the government's policies. PM Modi urged the people of the state to come out in large numbers and vote for BJP is they wanted better days to come. 
  • The state of Jharkhand maintained its consistency of voter turnout in the third phase of the assembly polls as well. According to reports, close to 61% of electorate turnout was recorded in this phase where a total of 17 constituencies and 289 candidates were in the fray. The assembly segment of Silli registered the biggest voter turnout at around 74.77%, while the state capital of Ranchi witnessed the lowest number of people turning up to vote at a lowly 44.44% despite the fact that polling in this constituency went on till 5 pm. The figures for the previous two phases stood at 61.92 and 64.68 percent respectively.  
Date: 09-12-2014
  • A bid to disrupt the polling was foiled by the security personnel in the district of Girdih in Jharkhand on early Tuesday morning when the balloting for the third phase of the assembly elections was still to get underway. Four Naxals were injured by the bullets of the security men deployed to ensure peaceful polling. The encounter broke out in the Dhanwar assembly constituency from where the former chief minister of the state and JVM (P) supremo Babulal Marandi is contetsting the elections. According to reports the gun battle lasted for around 15 minutes that left four Naxalites wounded. 
Date: 08-12-2014
  • While addressing rallies in Dhanbad, Baghmara, Ichak, and Kuju, senior JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar made scathed attack on Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi as alleged that BJP and its numero uno leader had made false promises to the people before Lok Sabha polls to win the election. He also said that the pathetic condition of Jharkhand is because of BJP because it is this party that ruled the state for over 10 years out of the total 14 years of its formation. 
  • Election Commission's report to Income Tax department shows that till now Indian National Congress leads the roost in accepting donations. Every political party is supposed to disclose information on the fund contributions by businesses as well as individuals. Till now BJP has not disclosed the amount. However, available information shows that Congress received Rs. 66 crore funds during last financial year. Nationalist Congress Party got donations to the tune of Rs. 14 crore. 
  • Jharkhand is gearing up for the third phase of Assembly election, to be held on December 9, 2014. Polling will be held in 17 constituencies. Election will commence at 7am in all the constituencies. Election in fourteen seats will conclude at 3pm. However, in three seats - Kanke, Hatia, and Ranchi, election will end at 5pm. Besides three ministers to contest the election tomorrow, some of the important candidates who will go to poll are C P Singh (former Speaker) and Babulal Marandi (Chief Minister of Jharkhand). 
  • BJP has already started preparing their ground work for the upcoming Bihar Assembly election in 2015. It has been estimated that more than hundred BJP leaders are now camping in Jharkhand to help it snatch a win in the state assembly, which they believe will make it easier for the Bihar BJP to secure decisive win during 2015 Bihar Assembly election next year. In fact, all the top rung BJP leaders are also campaigning for their candidates in Jharkhand. 
  • Helicopter in which Tribendra Singh of Jharkhand BJP was traveling had to make an emergency landing in Helipad of Godda college because of the sudden technical glitches found in the chopper. As the glitch was minor, his chopper started its journey to Pakur within a short period of time. 
  • Final scrutiny of all the nominations filed in all the phases in Jharkhand election is over. It is found that 1136 candidates are eligible to contest the election. However, there are only 10 such constituencies where the number of candidates have actually increased when compared to 2009 Assembly election. These assembly seats are Daltangunj, Lohardaga, Hatiya, Khijri, Bagoder, Dhanvaar, Simriya, Hazaribagh,Barhi, and Pakur. 
  • Ex-CM of Jharkhand Babulal Marandi met people of Badidiha, Ratbaad, Chitmataar, Tokotnar, and Balhara villages and told them that it is the successive governments after his tenure in Jharkhand Assembly who actually looted funds that were meant for development in the state. He also said that he will form people's government if people of Jharkhand vote him to power. 
Date: 07-12-2014
  • Current Chief Minister of Jharkhand and senior leader of JMM, Hemant Soren, has said that Narendra Modi is trying to win Jharkhand to sell its natural resources. Hemant also said that he is confident about winning most of the 33 seats that went to poll in the last two phases of election because most of the people living in that place belong to tribal and dalit communities. 
  • While addressing a rally in Hazaribagh, Narendra Modi has asked people to vote overwhelmingly in favour of BJP so that his party can usher in development to all parts of the state. Modi stressed upon the fact that the state is endowed with rich mineral resources, which gives it that more reasons to become more developed. He also said during the rally that recent militant attack in J&K is a cowardly and shameful act. 
  • Narendra Modi tweeted and asked people of the state to get rid of the two major hurdles to development of the state - instability and corruption. 
  • Sushma Swaraj, senior leader of BJP and Union Minister, has said that Jharkhand has enormous potential to develop. She also said that if voted to power in Jharkhand her party will leave no stone unturned in making the state a developed one. 
  • While addressing a rally in Ranchi's Kanke, INC Vice President Rahul Gandhi focused more on Kashmir's recent terrorist attack than issues of Jharkhand. He said that the current NDA government is unsuccessful in handling activities of the extremists in J&K. 
  • Jharkhand Vikas Morcha-Prajatantrik's President Babulal Marandi criticised Narendra Modi government of failing to bring back black money stashed abroad, in the last 6 months of its tenure. 
  • Lalu Prasad Yadav has campaigned in Jharkhand and asked people to vote overwhelmingly in favour of RJD-Congress-JD(U) alliance and defeat the communal force - BJP. 
Date: 06-12-2014
  • Jharkhand prepares itself for the phase 3 polls which are to take place on December 9. Constituencies that will go to polls in the third phase are Kodarma, Barkatha, Barhi, Barkagaon, Ramgarh, Mandu, Hazaribagh, Simaria (SC), Dhanwar, Gomia, Bermo, Ichagarh, Silli, Khijri (ST), Ranchi, Hatia, Kanke (SC). 
  • While addressing rally in Jharkhand Modi also salute the bravery of martyr Lt Col Sankalp kumar Shukla who lost his life in terror attack which took place in Kashmir yesterday. He also condemned the terror attacks which took place in Kashmir valley yesterday  
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed rally in Hazaribagh, Jharkhand. In his poll pitch he promised the people of Jharkhand to work in coordination with the state government. He asked the people to vote for development. In his rally he said that ' Jharkhand is living in darkness where as it is the biggest producer of coal in the country.  
Date: 05-12-2014
  • The Congress has launched another attack on the BJP led central government. Former Union Minister of State for Urban Development and Congress leader Deepa Dasmunshi in Ranchi targeted BJP and rubbished its remarks that Congress was responsible for Jharkhand's Non-Development. Instead, Dasmunshi accused BJP for not taking care of the welfare of the state saying, "BJP had ruled Jharkhand for nine out of 14 years, and the previous UPA government at the Centre had sent funds under the heads of several welfare projects like housing, bus stand, Sarva Shiksa Abhiyan and drainage system but the BJP governments did not know how to utilise them and funds had been surrendered." BJP, in its election campaign in Jharkhand, had alleged that Congress was the cause of Jharkhand's poor state of affiars. 
Date: 04-12-2014
  • Congress today brought forward privatisation of coal sector as a potent election issue as Jharkhand prepares to go for third phase polling in Jharkhand. Digvijay Singh, senior leader of INC, has accused Narendra Modi government of privatising coal sector and attempting to hand it over to the corporate. As Jharkhand is a mineral rich state, Digvijay also reminded people of the state that it was Congress government at centre, under the stewardship of Late PM Indira Gandhi, coal sector was nationalised, which helped tribal people as well as poor in Jharkhand. Digvijay Singh stressed on the fact that Modi's privatisation initiative will bring back memories of extreme exploitation of labourers, which used to happen before the sector's nationalisation by Indira Gandhi. 
  • Union Minister for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution and senior LJP leader Ram Vilas Paswan has stressed that Jharkhand needs a stable government and in the last one decade the state has lost 'golden years' just because the leaders who headed it lacked vision of development. He also stressed on the fact that the Jharkhand Assembly the same political party at the helm that rules the centre - the BJP-led NDA. Paswan also pointed out that he has enough ground reports that point out formation of BJP-led majority government in the state this year. 
  • As Jharkhand prepares for Phase III Assembly election, dreaded Maoist leader Ajay Prasad was nabbed by Jharkhand Police and seized a motorcycle, a mobile, four cartridges, and a pistol. Police made the arrest on the basis of a tip-off received at the last moment. 
  • Tileshwar Sahu, firebrand of All Jharkhand Students' Union leader, was shot dead by his political opponents over 6 months back when he was campaigning for Loknath Mahto, AJSU nominee. The incident not only happened in broad daylight but also in front of thousand of people. Tileshwar widow didn't get justice from either BJP or AJSU. Sabi Devi, widow of Tileshwar, is now Barhi constituency candidate on Jharkhand Mukti Morcha's ticket. 
  • Jharkhand is known as a poor state but it seems there is no dearth of multi millionaire candidates in the state. Association for Democratic Reforms' report shows that in the 3rd phase election of the state there are 46 crorepati candidates. While BJP's candidate from Hazaribag, Manish Jaiswal, leads the crorepati pack, the second and third position in terms of declared assets, are held by Vinod Kumar Bhagat (candidate of Samta Party from Khijri) and Rajendra Prasad Singh (INC leader). 
  • Election campaigning in Jharkhand hit a new low with all the political parties resorting to personal attack on different candidates. It seems issue of development has taken a back seat as parties are busy pointing fingers at each other's personal lives. Few days back Narendra Modi during an election campaign asked people of Jharkhand to get rid of dynasty politics, clearly pointing at JMM's Shibu Soren and Hemant Soren. It's now time for the Soren's to hit back at Modi. While addressing an election rally today in Mandu CM of Jharkhand and JMM leader, Hemant Soren, called Amit Shah an agent of capitalists and he can't do anything with the fact that Narendra Modi has no son. 
Date: 03-12-2014
  • Bharatiya Janata Party has hit out at Janata Dal (Union) leader and exCM of Bihar Nitish Kumar for not campaigning for his party candidates in Jharkhand during ongoing Assembly election. Nitish's bete noire Sushil Kumar Modi has categorically said that Nitish has opted himself out of the campaign because he knows his campaigning will not be able to stop saffron juggernaut in Jharkhand. 
  • Chief Minister of Jharkhand and JMM leader Hemant Soren has written a letter to the Prime Minister asking not to dilute MNREGA provisions. Timing of writing this letter is raising eyebrows of many political analysts. Many analysts are pointing out that Hemant has written this letter at a time when Assembly election is going on in the state and through this letter he is trying to regain some lost ground by projecting himself propeople. 
  • Chief Minister of Jharkhand and JMM leader Hemant Soren has written a letter to the Prime Minister asking not to dilute MNREGA provisions. Timing of writing this letter is raising eyebrows of many political analysts. Many analysts are pointing out that Hemant has written this letter at a time when Assembly election is going on in the state and through this letter he is trying to regain some lost ground by projecting himself propeople. 
  • People of Jharkhand have again shown their faith in the electoral process during second phase of Jharkhand Assembly election by defying Maoist call of boycotting election. This phase witnessed 65.46 per cent polling, surpassing the 61.92 per cent polling during first phase election. 
  • Lapa village in Khunti district is known as a Maoist den where People's Liberation Front of India decide where people will cast their vote. Sources have revealed that during this election the Maoists have done house to house meeting and asked villagers to cast vote in favour of Suman Bhengra of Jharkhand Party. During 2009 Assembly election the Maoists asked villagers to cast their vote in favour of Paulus Surin, who contested the election on JMM ticket. 
  • Inspite of Maoist call of boycotting Assembly election, Kolhan division witnessed significant percentage of tribal prople coming out to cast their vote. Available information show that 66 per cent polling took place in Potka, 67 per cent in Ghatshila, and 73 per cent in Bahragora. 
  • Some of the Maoist infested belts in Jharkhand are Kolebira, Torpa, and Khunti. However, large number of voters thronged the polling stations yesterday because they longed for peace and jobs, ground reports suggest. Mood of the locals indicate that they voted in order to get rid of the unrest that is prevailing in the place. Moreover, they hope a good government will make the curse of unemployment go. 
Date: 02-12-2014
  • Over 64.68% voter turnout recorded in Jharkhand for 2nd phase of Assembly Elections, Jaganathpur registers highest 76% voter turnout. Majhgaon - 72% 
  • Chief Minister of Jharkhand Hemant Soren during an election rally in Barhet assembly constituency said that BJP is a party of capitalists. He also said that the real name of BJP is 'Bharatiya Jamakhor Party'. Hemant Soren also said that BJP has brought RSS workers from 14 states of India but his party JMM, which is a purely Jharkhand based party, is all set to give a fitting reply to BJP in the state. 
  • While addressing a rally in Bokaro district's Gomia in favour of BJP candidate Madhav Lal Singh, National President of the party Amit Shah has reportedly said that it becomes easy for his party to clinch victory whenever INC Vice President Rahul Gandhi campaigns. He pointed out that during the last Lok Sabha election winning the seats became easier whenever Rahul campaigned for INC candidates. Amit Shah said that the same is going to happen in this election too. 
  • People of Jharkhand defied Maoist call to boycott ongoing assembly election in Jharkhand and voted in large numbers. Voting was brisk in the morning session. Till 3pm around 50 per cent polling took place. Out of the 20 constituencies polling ended at 3pm in 18 constituencies. Voting will go on till 5pm in 2 constituencies - Jamshedpur (East) and Jamshedpur (West). Polling started at 7am in all the constituencies of Jharkhand that went to poll today. 
  • Jharkhand BJP has claimed that 15000 people became members of BJP, while National President of the party Amit Shah asked people to join BJP by dialling 1800-266-2020 in his last four rallies. Hemant Soren of JMM has criticised this move as nothing but a great business opportunity for the mobile companies. 
  • Aam Aadmi Party is not contesting the Jharkhand Assembly election. However, the AAP workers have been found campaigning for other political parties. When contacted these workers said that they are helping other parties so that they can be able to win against the communal force, which is BJP. However, it is learned that the state party unit of AAP has not taken prior approval from higher leadership regarding this. 
Date: 01-12-2014
  • National President of BJP, Amit Shah, will be addressing rallies today in different parts of Jharkhand including Bokaro, Mandu, Chatra, Hazaribagh, and Barhi. It is now Amit Shah's turn to address rallies in the state after Modi addressed several rallies in favour of BJP candidates in Jharkhand, enhancing their victory chances. 
  • As Jharkhand gets ready for 2nd phase election, state BJP has said that recent visit of their numero uno Narendra Modi has made significant change in their poll prospect. Jharkhand BJP's Vice President, Rakesh Prasad, has said that after Modi's recent visit their party is ahead of other parties in campaigning in Kolhan's thirteen constituencies. He was also confident that his party will get majority in the state assembly. 
  • 2nd Phase election will take place on December 2, 2014 and campaigning in these twenty assembly seats ended on November 30 (Sunday). It needs to be noted that sixteen out of these twenty assembly seats are reserved for Scheduled Tribes. This is the reasons why Narendra Modi, Sonia Gandhi, and Rahul Gandhi stressed upon tribal issues while addressing rallies here. Out of 223 candidates in the fray, thirty five candidates are women. Two ex-CMs (the longest serving CM of Jharkhand Madhu Koda and BJP's Arjun Munda) will be testing their lucks/popularity during this phase. While Madhu Koda is contesting the election on Jai Bharat Samanta Party's ticket from Majhgaon, BJP's Arjun Munda is contesting from Seraikela seat.  
  • 44,13,716 electorates will be casting their votes during this 2nd phase election, among which 21,65,379 are females and 22,48,331 males. 
  • Maoist guerrillas are increasing their attacks as polling date gets nearer. After tip-off from reliable sources, Giridih police was able to nab one of the most dreaded Maoist leaders named Dinesh Manjhi. He was caught while he was pasting posters, asking people to boycott poll in the state. 
  • Jamshedpur's Paarsi community is now all set to vote for Narendra Modi as all other established political parties have ignored them as a credible vote bank. Per local information, there are now 150 to 200 Parsi families left in Jamshedpur. 
  • Samajwadi Party is hoping to win Icchagarh assembly constituency as they have fielded a 'spiritual leader' named Sitaram Baba, who is believed to have a following of more than 1 Lakh people. Sitaram Baba earlier tried his luck with BJP but the saffron party dumped him. After this incident he joined SP and is expected to give tough fight to Arvind Singh (who is also known as Malkhan Singh), JVM-P candidate, who is also the sitting MLA. 
Date: 30-11-2014
  • Arjun Munda of BJP has said that the final call of CM-probable will be taken by the high command. However, he feels that tribal versus non-tribal issue will have detrimental effect on Jharkhand. 
  • Choppers seems to be facing problem when it comes to flying to Jharkhand. After the chopper pilot carrying Home Minister Rajnath Singh lost his way over Maoist-infested Jharkhand forests, it was turn of INC President Sonia Gandhi to get stranded for one and half hours in Jharkhand simply because the chopper encountered technical snag. Therefore, instead of 1.30 pm, she was ultimately able to fly off to her destination - Patamda - at 3.05 pm. 
  • Association for Democratic Reforms report shows that out of the 223 candidates who are going to test their popularity among the voters in Jharkhand on December 2, thirty seven candidates are 'crorepatis. In this phase most of these crorepatis belong to Congress and its allies JD-U and RJD (eleven out of twenty). BJP (which has struck alliance with AJSU) is also not far behind. It has fielded eight candidates having crores of assets out of the eighteen fielded in the 2nd phase.  
  • President of Indian National Congress, Sonia Gandhi, has accused NaMo government of privatising coal sector so that handful of industrialists can benefit out of it, by depriving general populace. She also pointed out that it was Congress that nationalised coal sector for the benefit of people and now the pro-business Narendra Modi government is trying to turn in over. Sonia Gandhi didn't stop here and kept on alleging that the current Union government wants to weaken pro-people initiatives such as MANREGA, RTI, and Land Acquisition Act. 
  • Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, has asked people of Jharkhand to vote overwhelmingly in favour of Bharatiya Janata Party so that they can provide them a stable government which concentrates on development. Modi also asked people, while addressing a rally in Jamshedpur, to put an end to dynastic politics, which has ruined the 14-year old state. He also promised people to turn around Jharkhand and make it No. 1 state in India by exploring its abundant natural resources and mineral deposits, if BJP assumes state power. NaMo also stressed on the fact that his party always took special care of the tribal people all over India.  
Date: 29-11-2014
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed rally in Jamshedpur and Ranchi, Jharkhand. In his poll pitch he promised the people of Jharkhand that he will work his best to make it the number 1 state in India in the next few years. He added that these elections will decide the fate of the mineral rich state of Jharkhand. Modi compared Jharkhand to a youngster who gains adolescence & enter his/her teens. Similarly Jharkhand has entered its most crucial phase, at the age of thirteen and the next five years between 13 to 18 will decide the fate of the state. He appealed the people to vote wisely and give the state in right hands. Referring to the coal scam Modi said that 'Policies that we have framed will not allow anyone to loot coal from Jharkhand'. 
  • On the other hand Rahul Gandhi addressed rally in Chaibasa, Jharkhand, and hit out at Modi-led government by saying that Modi government had not kept its promise of "Acche Din". Slamming Swacch Bharat Campaign Rahul Gadhi said Modi gave brooms in your hands to clean the dirt of India and himself left for a foreign trip. In an another attack he targeted Modi and said that "He was a PM of handful of industrialists", "He will take away the 'jal jungle zameen' (land, water and forest) from you and give them to these industrialists who will then rule your state." 
  • Social media has made joke of an image posted by BJP leader Arjun Munda in which he is wearing a garland made of pumpkin. The image has trolled all through social media from Arjun Munda's official page where he uploaded it.  
Date: 28-11-2014
  • Babulal Marandi, Chief of Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (Prajatantrik), has claimed that his political party is the dark horse of this Assembly election in Jharkhand. He also reminded people that JVM-P will outperform expectations of the political pundits and will win significant number of seats in the ongoing election, just like AAP in the last Delhi Assembly election of 2013. He claims to surprise everyone during the counting process as everyone is underestimating his political outfit. 
  • INC's Rahul Gandhi has addressed 2 rallies in Jharkhand today, just a few days before Jharkhand goes to 2nd phase poll. Both the rallies will be held in West Singhbhum district of Jharkhand - one in Chaibasa and the other in Jagannathpur. En route to the rally sites on a chopper RaGa stayed around 15 minutes at Jamshedpur airport and interacted with the INC workers today. BJP's NaMo will also visit Jharkhand and address rally in Jamshedpur on November 29. 
  • Tamar constituency is witnessing some interesting trends and one of the most important ones is surely the direct and indirect power politics going on here. Maoist rebels are weilding considerable influence in people's mandate living in the area. The contest this time is between the erstwhile BJP leader Gopal Krishna Patar (Raja Peter, as he is commonly known) who is contesting as an independent candidate (after BJP declined to offer him ticket from this seat because of the election pact with AJSU) and BJP-backed AJSU candidate. However, the ex-rebel factor in this election may change poll dynamics. This time Maoist Zonal Commander Kundan Pahan's cousin Ravi Pahan is contesting on JVM-P's ticket. Maoist commander Marshall Tuti's wife Salomi Tuti is contesting on JMM's ticket. Another ex-Maoist leader in the fray is Dhananjay Munda (now a Special Police Officer), who has decided to contest Jharkhand Assembly election with Jharkhand Party's symbol. 
  • INC's coalition politics is not practically working, at least during the ongoing Jharkhand Assembly election. In many seats, the allies JD(U) and RJD are found to have fielded candidates against INC candidates or each other. Some of those seats are Giridih, Bokaro, and Dhanbad. 
  • Just a day before Narendra Modi visits Jharkhand to deliver his speech, state leaders of BJP are invoking memories and works done by Lal Krishna Advani and former PM of India Atal Bihari Vajpayee. They are doing this to ensure maximum success of the rally. 
  • Madhu Koda's, ex-CM of Jharkhand, wife Geeta Koda is looking forward to reelection from Jagannathpur sear of Jharkhand, ground realities suggest. 
Date: 27-11-2014
  • While addressing a rally in Baghbera of Jharkhand, Rajnath Singh has referred to the development works started by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in India. He also pointed out the success of Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana along with the global initiatives undertaken by the PM during his short stint of 6 months time. He also asked the Maoist extremists to join mainstream and shun violence. 
  • Senior INC leader Subodh Kant Sahay, hailing from Jharkhand, has predicted a decisive win for Congress during Jharkhand Assembly election and also said that the next government in the state will be formed by his party. Congress's Raj Babbar during his visit to Jharkhand has accused Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi of trying to sell Indian sovereignty, just like East India Company. 
  • The bookies' market is expecting a hung assembly in Jharkhand. Though this market is illegal, it needs to be acknowledged that their predictions came to be true during last Maharashtra Assembly election of 2014 and Lok Sabha election held in April-May 2014. 
  • Raja Peter, who is known as giant slayer (after he defeated 'Guruji' Shibu Soren of JMM during last assembly election), is contesting this assembly election from Tamad assembly constituency. After BJP denied him ticket from this seat, due to seat adjustment with AJSU, he left BJP and is now fighting this election as an independent candidate. The other candidates from this constituency are Prakash Oraon of INC and Vikas Munda AJSU (having strong backing from BJP). 
  • Maoist extremists have torched two election campaign vehicles. This act has been strongly criticised by the Chief Secretary by saying that the extremists have done this to put psychological pressure on the administration, especially after witnessing free and fair polling during first phase poll. 
  • While addressing a rally in Simdega, Amit Shah (BJP's National President) has asked people of Jharkhand to give his party 2/3 rd majority in the state so that they can deliver stability and development to the mineral rich state. 
  • Peaceful 1st phase polling in the Maoist-infested areas of Jharkhand was a slap to the extremists. That's why after a day of peaceful polling they fired at CoBRA personnel and also torched 8 CRPF tractors.  
  • Former Home Secretary of Jharkhand, J B Tubid, is contesting the Jharkhand Assembly election on BJP ticket from Chaibasa assembly segment. 
Date: 26-11-2014
  • National President of BJP Amit Shah has said that all the opposition political parties regroup to form corrupt and unstable government in Jharkhand. He went on to accuse Babu Lal Marandi, Shibu Soren, Nitish Kumar, and Laloo Prasad Yadav of contesting the election separately and regrouping after the election is over to hold on to power. Amit Shah also accused that if these parties come together and form the next government they will not let Narendra Modi's Union Government to unleash series of development works in the state. That's why people of the state should overwhelmingly vote for BJP to rebuild Jharkhand. 
  • Rajnath Singh, Home Minister of India, while addressing rally in Jharkhand's Potka district, emphasised on the development works done by the 6-month old Union Government. Singh also said how bank accounts as well as 'make in India' policy will help India in becoming a global leader. During his speech he also called on the Maoists to join mainstream and leave the path of violence. 
  • Jharkhand went to poll in 13 constituencies during 1st phase election held on November 25, 2014. 61.92 per cent votes were polled yesterday in these constituencies, which come in Maoist infested region. Per updates from EC, except for a minor incident in Chhatarpur constituency's 191 and 192 booths polls took place peacefully in all the other constituencies. Brisk polling in Jharkhand is surely a good sign for democracy. 
  • Mahua Manjhi is a multi facated personality, who is contesting the ongoing Jharkhand Assembly election on the ticket of JMM from state's capital - Ranchi seat. She is Chairperson of Women's Commission along with a noted novelist. 
  • While Home Minister Rajnath Singh was visiting Jharkhand to address rallies in the state, his helicopter lost its way and instead of visiting Chaibasa's Badajamda went to Majhgaon. Analysts believe that this is a serious lapse of security, especially in a state which has a history of Maoist violence. 
Date: 25-11-2014
  • While addressing a rally at Adityapur, current Chief Minister of Jharkhand Hemant Soren has said that people of the state will vote overwhelmingly in favour of JMM on the basis of works done by his party in the short tenure of the last 14 months. He also claimed that it is his government that ushered in hope among people about state's development.  
  • Polling at thirteen constituencies in Jharkhand started at 7am today. Balloting has ended in the Maoist affected seats has ended early. Polling was in aggregate free and fair. Per last available report, 61.92 per cent voting took place in the state at the end of 1st phase election. The next phase of election will be held on December 2 at twenty constituencies.  
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed a huge rally in Jharkhand's Chaibasa. He has asked people of the place as well as the entire state to vote overwhelmingly in favour of BJP so that they can acquire state power and put Jharkhand on growth/development path. He also said that Jharkhand has all the mineral resources to become India's number one state. 
  • As 1st phase election ends in Jharkhand, it is found out that Maoists have come up with innovative tactic. They have fielded their kin in Assembly polls to have grip on the area. They haven't participated in electoral politics directly but fielded relatives as candidates on tickets of different political parties. Maoist leader Gautam Paswan's wife Manorama Devi is contesting the election from Chatra on ticket of JVM.  
Date: 24-11-2014
  • First phase election in Jharkhand will start on November 25, 2014. During this phase election will be held in thirteen constituencies - all of them are Maoist-affected. That's why adequate numbers of paramilitary forces have been deployed in these seats. 33,61,938 will cast their votes (among which 15,77,090 are women candidates) to elect from 199 candidates. 
  • Amit Shah has accused Congress of promoting corruption in Jharkhand because he alleged that INC has forged 'unholy' alliance with Janata Dal (United) and Rashtriya Janata Dal. National President of BJP has also alleged that it is due to Congress's support that Madhu Koda-led government in the past was able to materialise a Rs. 4000 crore scam. He also asked people of the state to take guard against the 'unholy' alliance of Congress-RJD-JD(U) because according to him these parties had looted people of Jharkhand earlier too. 
  • INC President, Sonia Gandhi, has accused BJP government of the poor condition of the Jharkhand state, as it is in right now, because it is BJP that has ruled the state for longest period of time. Jharkhand has since now seen four Chief Ministers from BJP since its formation 14 years back. Sonia Gandhi attacked BJP during a rally in Gumla town. 
  • BJP has accused JMM-Congress government, especially INC, for using machinery of state to influence voters to vote in favour of Congress. 
  • Till now everyone had heard about poll boycott call from Left Wing Extremists. However, Maoists are now telling villagers whom to vote for in the Maoist affected 13 assembly seats, which are going to poll tomorrow. It is learnt that People's Liberation Front of India and CPI-Maoist cadres are regularly meeting villagers in certain parts of Jharkhand and thereby dictating them whom to vote for or boycott voting. 
  • Close and interesting contests are going to take place in Jharkhand tomorrow, especially in 8 seats - Latehar (between Prakash Ram of JVM and Braj Mohan Ram of BJP), Lohardaga (between Sukhdeo Bhagat of INC and Kamal Kishore Bhagat of AJSU-BJP combine, Bishunpur (Samir Oraon of BJP and Chamra Linda of JMM). 
  • Nizammudin Ansari's (who filed nomination from Dhanwar seat on JMM ticket) nomination has been cancelled by the Election Commission. The decision was taken on the basis of his two years of prison sentencing back in 2011 by Giridih court. 
  • Raghubar Das, Vice President of BJP, has claimed that INC and JMM will wipe out in the upcoming Jharkhand election. 
Date: 23-11-2014
  • JMM Leader and current Chief Minister of Jharkhand, Hemant Soren, has said that there are no chances for Bharatiya Janata Party to get a majority or forming government in Jharkhand. He said that Narendra Modi's winning streak (compared it with Mahabharat's unstoppable Ashwamedha's horses) will be stopped by his party in the tribal state. He reminded that Jharkhand is not Haryana or Maharashtra and Modi's ego will be crushed by him in the upcoming assembly polls.  
  • Association for Democratic Reforms has published a report on the background of candidates in Jharkhand, especially considering the pending criminal charges against them. Summary of the report shows that almost half of the total candidates (92 out of 200) contesting the upcoming election have criminal charges pending against them. While seventy five candidates haven't disclosed PAN numbers during filing nomination, seventy five didn't file IT returns.  
  • Ground report from Jharkhand shows that Coal Mafias control election in the tribal state to control power. A name that still wield lots of political power and thereby fear in the political landscape is Suraj Deo Singh (who started his political career by forming a labour union called Janta Mazdoor Union). Though he was killed during a shootout, his son Sanjeev Singh (contesting on a BJP ticket) and nephew Neeraj (got INC ticket to contest Jharia constituency) are controlling power politics in Jharia as well as Dhanbad. 
  • Jamshed J Irani is regarded as the person who single handedly turned round Tata Steel during 1990s has said that he is pained by seeing how the mineral rich state is denied justice year after year, especially after fourteen years of statehood, just because of the greed and consequent loot by the unscrupulous politicians. Though he vouched for his friendship with Lalu Prasad Yadav, he said that he has high hopes from the current Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He also stressed upon the importance of a stable government in the state. 
  • President of Jharkhand Vikas Morcha and first CM of Jharkhand has blaimed both Bharatiya Janata Party and Indian National Congress for the poor condition the state is currently in. 
  • Santhal Parganas has given three Chief Ministers to the state of Jharkhand, since its formation 14 years back. However, the people of this region have hardly received minimum amenities of life, not even drinking water. Tap water facility is available to just 3 per cent of the households in this region. During the election season all the parties have started using scarcity of water in the six districts of Santhal Parganas as election issues for upcoming election. 
  • Vice President of INC, Rahul Gandhi, attacked Narendra Modi government by saying that the PM who has assumed PMO for six months has not been able to deliver his promise of bringing 'Good Days'. He also attacked Modi's 'Clean India' campaign by saying that it is nothing but a marketing strategy. 
  • During a debate session, organised by a television channel, among BJP's Saryu Rai, JVM-P's Abhay Singh, INC's Banna Gupta, and JMM's Upendra Singh, supporters of INC and BJP got involved in a brawl. The sea of supporters outnumbered police force in no time. More forces of police were called to control the situation. 
  • After a Opinion poll predicted that BJP and its allies are going to miss the majority mark in Jharkhand, Godda Nishikant Dubey of BJP came out and issued statement that his party is going to win 2/3rd majority in the upcoming election and will therefore form the next government. 
Date: 22-11-2014
  • Opinion poll published by ABP News-Nielsen shows that BJP-led NDA is going to reach closer to the majority mark but may miss the target by a whisker. Out of the total 81 assembly constituencies, BJP is expected to win 30 constituencies and this will take NDA's tally to 37 (6 seats AJSU and 1 for LJP). While Congress and its allies are expected to win 23 constituencies, Jharkhand Vikas Morcha and Jharkhand Mukti Morcha are expected to win 6 and 7 seats respectively. 
  • News Nation India's opinion poll predicted that BJP is going to get majority in Jharkhand by winning anything from 42 to 46 constituencies.  
  • Rahul Gandhi addressed two rallies in the state - one in Panki and the other in Manika. 
  • Black money row is back in news. Last Lok Sabha election it was Now PM Narendra Modi who was making scathed attack against the corruption ridden UPA 2 government, led by Manmohan Singh. Now, it's time for Congress's Vice President Rahul Gandhi to rake up the issue and corner the ruling BJP government at centre. While addressing a rally in Palamau district's Panki Rahul Gandhi reminded people that Narendra Modi's government is unable to bring back black money from outside India within the promised 100 days.  
  • While addressing a rally in Manika, Rahul Gandhi boasted about UPA's ten years of rule and said that it is their government at centre that worked for all the sections of society. He also said that it was INC-led Union Government that introduced pro-people programmes such as RTI, MNREGA, and reservation of women. 
  • RJD has promised free laptops to students studying in Jharkhand's state run schools, if it comes to power in the state. 
  • Narendra Modi, during an election rally at Chandwa town of Latehar alleged that opponents of his party tried to kill Latehar seat's BJP candidate Brajmohan Ram because they feared losing the seat. 
  • JMM's denial of Potka seat to Ramesh Hansda, JMM President of East Singhbhum district, resigned from the party as a mark of protest. 
  • BSP's Mayawati is desperate to win a few seats during the upcoming Jharkhand as well as J&K Assembly elections, mainly because she wants to retain national party status for her party. 
Date: 21-11-2014
  • BJP's ace campaigner and numero uno Narendra Modi started his assembly election campaign from Jharkhand. During his rally in Daltongonj he stressed upon the rise of BJP's popularity within a short span of six months (referring to the crowd), coal royalty for mineral rich Jharkhand, more toilets for women, bank account for poor people (inclusive economics), employment, etc. He also vouched for votes of tribal populace in favour of BJP. 
  • BJP seems to be having serious issues with dynasty politics. After routing Congress from center by campaigning against dynasty politics, Modi seems to be attacking the family dynasties in Jharkhand now. During a rally he asked people to uproot dynasty politics for development of the state. 
  • Unprecedented security arrangements had been done in Jharkhand because of the perceived life threats on Indian PM from Indian Mujahideen and Maoists. NaMo addressed rallies in Chandwa and Daltonganj. 
  • BJP has not fielded a single candidate from Jharkhand who belong to Muslim community. 
  • Prominent face of Jharkhand, cricketer and Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, may not cast his vote on December 9 from Hatia constituency of Ranchi because he will be busy playing test match for his country.  
  • Today is the last day of submitting nomination for 3rd phase election in Jharkhand. 
  • Interestingly, administration of Jharkhand has given poll duties to candidates themselves. One such example is Dr Ashok Nag of JMM, contesting poll from Hatia constituency. 
  • Upender Singh of JMM has claimed that all the people living in Jharkhand will get equal opportunities in getting job. 
Date: 20-11-2014
  • Amresh Kumar, a resident of Ranchi, was dumbstuck when he received an sms saying 'Kill Modi'. He left no time to report this to the nearest police station. This threat message assumed significance as Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to visit Jharkhand on November 21.While the administration is trying to trace the mobile from which it has been sent, it has increased security arrangements throughout the state. 
  • While campaigning for BJP candidates in Jharkhand, the newly inducted minister in Narendra Modi government, Jayant Sinha (son of former finance minister Yashwant Sinha) has compared current CM of Jharkhand Hemant Soren with lame donkey. However, he also called his own PM an Ox, probably to showcase the hardworking nature of Narendra Modi. 
  • Manoj Tiwary, one of the most popular Bhojpuri actors-singers in Bihar/Jharkhand and now BJP MP, has said that Bhratiya Janata Party is going to sweep this election because there is a huge wave of support in its favour throughout the state. 
  • BJP is eyeing the long elusive tribal votes, especially in the JMM bastion. As per BJP sources it is learned that BJP leadership is expecting a slide in popularity of Jharkhand Mukti Morcha among tribal populace, owing to the non-performance of Hemant Soren government. This void is expected to be filled in by other parties such as All-Jharkhand Student Union and JVM (led by Babulal Marandi). Both these parties are now allies of BJP. 
  • Congress has released its election manifesto for Jharkhand. Some of the promises made in the manifesto include 35 kg food grains for the poor, round the clock electricity facility for farmers, TV set for persons belonging to BPL category, free cycle for students studying above Class 8, 27 per cent reservation for OBCs, etc. 
  • 'Guruji' Shibu Soren, ex-Chief Minister of Jharkhand and founder member of Jharkhand Mukti Morcha, has said that there is a wave of support in favour of his party. He also pointed out that BJP has no leader in the state and that's why they have to project Narendra Modi. 
  • NDA constituent Ram Vilas Paswan has claimed that the ruling alliance at centre will win majority seats in Jharkhand and form the majority government. 
  • Hemant Soren of JMM and current CM of Jharkhand has claimed that it is his party which can show the way to the state. 
  • RSS affiliate Muslim Rashtriya Manch has issued statement that it will campaign among Muslim populace in both Jharkhand and J&K so that the minority community also cast their vote in favour of BJP. 
  • If the election result of last Lok Sabha is considered, BJP won 12 out of the total 14 parliamentary seats in Jharkhand. In fact, its vote percentage (40.1 per cent) is also far ahead of that of INC (13.3 per cent) and JMM (12.1 per cent). A more or less similar scenario is existing in the state just before the assembly election. While Congress has almost become a non-entity, it remains to be seen how much of the tribal vote bank can JMM translate into vote. 
  • There will be heavy deployment of security personnel in Jharkhand, right from November 25 to December 20. For ensuring their seamless movement, returning officers from different districts have decided to rent bicycles as well as motorbikes at the rate of Rs 50 per day and Rs 200 per day respectively. 
  • Lalu Prasad Yadav, RJD Supremo, has said that the backward caste people and dalits will become priests of temples if the government supported by his party assumes power at Jharkhand assembly. 
  • Intel reports point out that Bastar-like assassination attempts may be carried out by Maoists in Jharkhand during the polls. Special Branch of the Jharkhand Police suspects that the accident of Brajmohan Ram, Latehar's BJP candidate, may not be an accident but an act of terror. 
  • Maoists have torched campaign vehicle of BJP in Gumla district's Patgachha village. 
Date: 18-11-2014
  • The seventy year old Sibu Soren is still the main crowd-puller during Jharkhand Assembly election. This is inspite of the fact that his younger son and current CM of the state Hemant Soren is the face of Jharkhand Mukti Morcha party. 
  • Subodh Kant Sahay, ex-Union minister, has become the Chairman of Jharkhand's Congress Campaign Committee. In the 57-member panel, Ajoy Kumar has become the convenor. Ajoy is not only a senior leader but was also a Member of Parliament from Jamshedpur constituency on JVM (P) ticket. It must be noted that both of them are non-tribals. 
  • Report of Democratic Reforms and Jharkhand Election Watch shows that in the Palamau division ten candidates are crorepatis. While five of them are contesting from Garhwa district, the other five from Palamau district. 
  • While asking people to vote for RJD candidate from Palamau district, Sanjay Kumar Singh Yadav, RJD Supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav said that a grand alliance will be formed to form the next government after completion of the poll in the state. 
  • During the last Lok Sabha election strong Modi-wave stopped working in the tribal dominated Santhal Pargana of Jharkhand. Taking cue from that phenomenon, most top leaders of Jharkhand Mukti Morcha have chosen seats from this tribal dominated region to contest upcoming state assembly election. 
  • Income Tax Officers have been deployed in Jharkhand to watch closely whether black money is being used during Jharkhand assembly election, starting from November 25 and ending on December 20. 
Date: 17-11-2014
  • Congress has not been able to announce its election manifesto in Jharkhand yet. However, most regional parties in the state have already released their manifestos. 
  • While Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (Prajatantrik) has parted ways with its earlier partner BJP, INC has also severed ties with Jharkhand Mukti Morcha. 
  • Analysts believe that three 'M' are going to decide future of Jharkhand assembly. These three factors include Muslim factor (accounting for 18 per cent vote in the state), Marandi (Babulal) factor (who heads JVM-P party that severed ties with BJP), and Modi-wave.  
  • Amit Shah dragged Madhu Koda's alleged role in the Mining Scam (during Koda's Chief Ministerial tenure from 2006 to 2008) for attacking Congress. BJP's National President said that it was INC that supported Koda that resulted in looting of rich mineral reserve of Jharkhand. He also asked people of Jharkhand to get rid of INC from the state. Shah also assured that if his party assumes power in the state, advancement of tribal people will be among one of the leading agendas of BJP. 
  • Democratic Reforms and Jharkhand Election Watch reported that 199 candidates will contest in the 1st phase poll in Jharkhand. Among them 46 candidates are crorepatis and 55 candidates have declared criminal cases against them.  
Date: 16-11-2014
  • Babulal Marandi, ex-CM of Jharkhand, has appealed to the people for voting in favour of Jharkhand Vikas Morcha. He also accused all the main political parties in the state - BJP, INC, and JMM - for ruining the state through mis-governance as well as corruption.  
  • Dasrath Hansdah, a renowned name in Santali films, will contest from Seraikela seat and his main rivals will be Champai Soren, Industry Minister of Jharkhand, as well as Ganesh Mahali of BJP. 
  • After numerous failed attempts to disturb the ongoing poll process in Jharkhand by spreading violence, Maoists have now called for complete boycott of Jharkhand Assembly election. The statement was given through a press conference by Bihar-Jharkhand Special Area Committee of CPI(Maoist). 
  • BJP has said that unstable government in Jharkhand is the main reason why the state has not achieved higher growth trajectory. Jayant Sinha, the newly inducted MoS in the Union Government, has asked people of Jharkhand to elect BJP's fielded candidates in the coming assembly election, just like they did by electing Narendra Modi during the 2014 parliamentary election. He delivered this speech when he was addressing a rally in Ramkanda of Garhwa. 
Date: 15-11-2014
  • Newly inducted minister in the Narendra Modi government Rajiv Pratap Rudy has said that his party will win the upcoming Jharkhand election comfortably. 
  • BJP's Brajmohan Ram is contesting Latehar Assembly. However, he was seriously injured when a dumper, coming from opposite direction, hit his car. During the mishap his PA as well as bodyguard died. Brajmohan Ram has been admitted to hospital and he is currently under treatment.  
  • Sameer Mohanty, candidate of Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (Prajatantrik), has been arrested by the police as soon as he filed nomination to contest from Baharagora seat.  
  • Union Minister of Communication and IT has said that the Indian Prime Minister has grand plans for Jharkhand. Just like Make in India campaign, there is a grand plan of transforming the state's future with 'Make in Jharkhand' campaign as this state is a power house of raw minerals. He also said that the imbalance of economic growth in eastern India is going to be solved through Modi's initiative. 
  • BJP is all set to go the whole hog in Jharkhand as it has decided to field party's bigwigs during the election. Some of the big names who have either campaigned or will campaign in Jharkhand include names like Ravi Shankar Prasad (central minister), Sudarshan Bhagat (MoS), Arjun Munda (former CM of the state), Bhupendra Yadav (General Secretary of the party), Piyush Goyal (central minister), Raghuvar Das, and Jayant Sinha (newly inducted central minister).  
  • EC has issued notification of seventeen constituencies out of the eighty one constituencies for December 9 poll. Last day to file nomination is November 21 and last day of withdrawal is November 24.  
Date: 14-11-2014
  • Political analysts point out that BJP may choose a new face from its seventy two candidates if it comes to power in Jharkhand. They believe that the party may repeat the Maharashtra formula and perhaps that's why they have fielded twenty one fresh faces. 
  • On November 13, three heavyweight candidates filed their nomination papers for December 2 assembly election in Jharkhand. These three candidates are Arjun Munda (former CM of the state) from Kharswan constituency, Raghuvar Das (National Vice President of BJP) from Jamshedpur East, and Champai Soren (current minister) from Seraikela seat. 
  • Power crisis in Jharkhand seems to have become the next most important poll issues this election season. It has been one of the major issues in the state for long but no political party gave importance to this issue. Now, it seems Yashwant Sinha, former Finance Minister, has raised the issue. He accused the government for such a pathetic condition of electricity supply. Sinha pointed out that there are three reasons why power shortage is so acute in Jharkhand and they are corruption, policy paralysis, and pathetic condition of infrastructure of the state. 
  • This is the first time ever a person belonging to the 'Asur' tribe has decided to contest the upcoming Jharkhand Assembly election. Name of the 29 year old candidate is Vimal Chandra Asur, who is contesting the election with just Rs. 40k. He is contesting from Gumla's Bishunpur seat. 
  • 5-phase assembly election in Jharkhand is going to start on November 25. However, gun battle between the Maoist extremists and central paramilitary force seems to be in full swing. A jawan belonging to CoBRA was injured during a gun battle. 
  • Lalu Prasad Yadav, RJD supremo, has been relieved by HC from eight out of the total ten section under Fodder Scam. Trial will continue in two sections only and they are 511 and 201 of the case RC 64 (A)/96. 
Date: 13-11-2014
  • BJP has announced that his party will not contest on its own in Jharkhand but will use the NDA banner to contest the election unitedly. The current NDA partners contesting the polls in Jharkhand are Rashtriya Lok Samta Party, Lok Janashakti Party, and All Jharkhand Students Union. 
  • Bandhu Tirkey, Jharkhand's TMC President announced that TMC's numero uno and West Bengal's CM Mamata Banerjee will address public meeting along with chief of JVM-P Babulal Marandi. The rallies where the duo will address are Khijri, Kanke, Hatia, and Ranchi.  
  • Both BJP and Jharkhand Mukti Morcha said in their manifesto that multi-pronged approach will be undertaken for putting an end to Maoist extremism. While JMM in its 'Pratigya Patra' (election manifesto' pointed out the number of their activists killed by the left extremists, 'Jan Goshna Patra' stressed on ending the menace by taking economic, social, administrative, and developmental steps to eliminate extremism completely. 
  • As the state goes to poll, Home Minister Rajnath Singh has appealed Maoist fractions to end violence and join mainstream politics. 
  • Budhwa Oraon, a former national level athlete, has not only joined politics but also become JMM's Mandar assembly constituency candidate. 
  • JMM has decided to republish its manifesto because in a hurry the party forgot to mention one of the most important points and that is the domicile issue. 
  • Officers belonging to the paramilitary forces had a meeting with the senior police staffs in the state capital for discussing the ways of combating left extremism during polls. 
  • BJP candidate Raghuvar Das from Jamshedpur East assembly seat has expressed confidence in the fact that his party will win the Jharkhand assembly election and the manifesto is comprehensive roadmap of development agenda for the state. 
Date: 12-11-2014
  • India TV - CVoter opinion poll has predicted that BJP will not be able to garner a majority during the upcoming Jharkhand Assembly election. It will only be able to win anything from 29 to 35 sears in the 81 seat assembly. Jharkhand Mukti Morcha is expected to become the second largest party by winning 17 to 23 seats. 
  • BJP has released its fifty six page manifesto for Jharkhand assembly election. In presence of senior leaders of the party (Jayant Sinha, Sudarshan Bhagat, Dharmendra Pradhan, and Arun Jaitley), Amit Shah released the document. Some of the important schemes announced in the document include e-governanace, Make in Jharkhand, houses for every person by the year 2022, and others. 
  • National President of Bharatiya Janata Party, Amit Shah, has asked people of Jharkhand to give his party a decisive majority so that they can in turn provide development oriented and stable government. 
  • As the state prepares for going to 1st phase assembly election, massive anti-Maoist operation and campaign is launched by the security forces of India. 
  • Lok Janshakti Party as well as AJSU are going to remain NDA partners even if BJP gets clear majority in Jharkhand. This has been made clear through a joint press conference. 
  • As the released manifesto of JMM had many errors, the party has decided to release a new manifesto. 
Date: 11-11-2014
  • Former CM of Jharkhand Shibu Soren of Jharkhand Mukti Morcha has said that belonging to a tribal community is not the prerequisite for becoming Chief Minister of the state. This statement is significant as it matches with BJP's plan of nominating a non-tribal candidate for CM's position. As speculated earlier, many political analysts have started believing that Shibu Soren has opened possibility of post poll alliance with BJP, if there is a hung assembly. 
  • Jharkhand Mukti Morcha has revealed its election manifesto, where it announced implementation of reforms including administrative as well as pro-people ones. JMM assured that if returned back to power they will give special emphasis on converting the state into a 'Special State'. 
  • Jharkhand INC has released its 4th list of candidates that consists names of 6 candidates, among which one name is that of Dulal Bhuyan from Jugsalai. The former minister joined Congress only a few days back by defecting from Jharkhand Mukti Morcha. 
  • For the first phase election to be held on November 25, the total number of candidates to face the voters has decreased to 199 as 13 candidates withdrew their candidature on the last day of withdrawal. Initially, 234 candidates filed their nominations. However, 22 were rejected by EC. 
  • BJP is expected to declare its election manifesto today. 
  • Ex-CM of Jharkhand Madhu Koda of Jai Bharat Samanta Party has filed his nomination. He is accused in a Rs 11.4 crore scam related to Rajiv Gandhi Rural Electrification Scheme. However, he seems confident of winning this election as the case looks weak. 
  • Arun Mandal, former BJP MLA from Raj Mahal, defected to Lalu Prasad's RJD. Maandal didn't get BJP ticket to contest this assembly election. 
Date: 10-11-2014
  • Lalu Prasad Yadav is all set to start his campaign trail in Jharkhand along with alliance partners JD(U) and INC from November 19. 
  • BJP leader and one of the important candidates in Jharkhand, Arjun Munda, blamed his opponents of trying to confuse voters from tribal communities on Munda's caste status. 
  • A joint operation of CRPF, CoBRA, and 'Jaguars' police unit of Jharkhand has recovered more than 1,700 detonators as well as 400 kg of local explosives from Latehar district's Bokakhar-Ranidah. The operation was carried out on the tip-off that Maoist attacks will be carried out during upcoming assembly election. 
  • Induction of Jayant Sinha, MP from Jharkhand's Hazaribagh, in the central government on November 9, 2014 has been regarded by INC as violation of Model Code of Conduct because they claim this move will help one party (pointing out at BJP), just before Jharkhand election. 
  • Hemant Soren, Jharkhand Mukti Morcha's chief and current Chief Minister of the state, has called AJSU as 'B' team of Bharatiya Janata Party as the latter has forged an alliance with BJP. He also hit out at Sudesh Mahto, AJSU President as well as current Deputy Chief Minister, for betraying dedicated AJSU party workers. 
  • Parimal Nathwani, Member of Parliament from Rajya Sabha, has claimed that Bharatiya Janata Party will form the next government in Jharkhand. He also expressed his confidence in BJP winning a clear mandate in the state. 
Date: 09-11-2014
  • Bharatiya Janata Party has given two important seats (Tundi and Tamar) to its alliance partner AJSU. Therefore, the BJP hopeful from this seat, Gopal Krishna Patar, has not received nomination. It is now rumoured that Gopal may contest the election as an independent.  
  • Final scrutiny of the candidates who will be contesting the upcoming Jharkhand election's 1st phase is 212. 
  • Violating Election Model Code of Conduct seems to have become a norm in Jharkhand. Till now twenty nine FIRs have been filed against different political parties. FIRs have been filed against BJP, JMM, JVM, INC, CPIM, Samajwadi Party, and others. Most number of FIRs is filed against BJP.  
  • Kumari Rakhi is perhaps going to be the youngest candidate in the upcoming Jharkhand assembly election. She is 26 years old and she started her experiments with politics through college union at Ranchi University.  
  • 136 companies of central paramilitary forces will be deployed in Jharkhand to ensure free and fair election.  
  • Defection has come up as a major challenge for all the political parties in Jharkhand. That's why all the politicians belonging to all parties have asked voters to vote out the defectors. Gulfam Mujibi of Congress has said that credibility in politics is getting undermined by the acts and defections of opportunists. Whether it is morality or ethics, they are not part of the politics anymore and this vice has gripped Jharkhand too, as per Mujibi's statement. 
Date: 08-11-2014
  • INC has announced 7 more names in their second list revealed on November 7, 2014. After this release, the total number of candidate names revealed is 35. 
  • BJP has announced name of 9 candidates in their second list. The names have been finalised after a thorough central committee meeting today. 
  • Maoist activities have increased in Jharkhand in the last couple of days and security personnel have found many camouflage suits from forest areas in the last 24 hours, near Ranchi. The worrying aspect is that these suits were meant for the Maoist cadres (particularly Jiten Gudia, 2nd in command of People's Liberation Front of India) to create disturbance during Jharkhand assembly election, especially near Ranchi. 
  • Government of India has asked State government of Jharkhand as well as Jammu and Kashmir to tighten security arrangements as intelligence agencies have warned the central government about possible terrorist attacks during the polls in both the states.  
Date: 07-11-2014
  • Asaduddin Owasi's All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul-Muslemeen wants to spread his party's wings in other parts of India too. After MIM's success during Maharashtra election, they have decided to open their winning account in Jharkhand too. They are expecting to win around ten seats in the upcoming polls. 
  • INC complained to the EC that Krishna Singh, BJP candidate from Manika, submitted his nomination papers well after 3pm. Congress is therefore seeking cancellation of his nomination papers. 
  • Though EC had earlier said that 222 candidates filed their nominations, it is now found that the correct number stands at 234 candidates. 
  • Dulal Bhuyan had earlier announced that he would join Jharkhand Mukti Morcha by snapping his ties with BJP. However, he has now joined Congress, which is expected to strengthen the party. 
  • Jharkhand Mukti Morcha's Guruji or Shibu Soren has expressed his desire to let his youngest son contest from any assembly constituency of his choice from Santhal Parganas. After establishing Hemant Soren as the CM of Jharkhand he now wants to promote political career of his youngest son. 
  • To win young hearts, Shibu Soren has started learning the social media campaigning tactics from his grand daughter. 
Date: 06-11-2014
  • After reports surfaced that CPI(Maoists) may target Hemant Soren, current CM of Jharkhand, his security has been increased as the state gears up to go to poll from November 25. 
  • BSP has announced of going it all alone in Jharkhand assembly election. 
  • 16 more names have been announced by INC in Jharkhand. However, two names have been held back. Therefore, 28 names have been announced by INC till now. 
  • BJP has made two pre-poll alliances in Jharkhand this time. After coming to a seat sharing pact with AJSU, they have now forged alliance with Ram Vilas Paswan's Lok Janshakti Party. 
  • CPI(ML-Liberation) has said that BJP is unsure about the possible electoral outcome in Jharkhand and that's why it has forged an alliance with AJSU. 
  • Internal feud within BJP has become murkier after finalisation of seat sharing arrangements with AJSU. Hazaribagh District committee of Bharatiya Janata Party has resigned en masse to protest against the decision of leaving Ramgarh and Barkagaon assembly constituencies to AJSU. 
  • First phase of filing nomination is over and the statistics show that 222 candidates have filed their nominations for the first phase of election to be held on November 25. On that day, election will be held in thirteen seats out of the total 81 constituencies.  
  • After snapping tie with Jharkhand Mukti Morcha, INC is now looking forward to forge an alliance with RJD and Janata Dal (United) in Jharkhand. Active seat sharing discussion is going on among the party leaders.  
Date: 05-11-2014
  • RJD had asked JMM to offer each other's support for the sitting MLAs. However, this symbiotic offer has been rejected by Suprio Bhattacharya, Jharkhand Mukti Morcha's General Secretary. 
  • After finalisation of pre-poll alliance with All Jharkhand Students Union party, BJP is facing stiff opposition from within the party itself. According to the understanding, AJSU will contest from 8 seats. After these seat allotments, some MLAs have resigned and youth wing activists have threatened to resign. 
  • AJSU will announce its 8 candidates on November 5, 2014. 
  • First list of candidates has been announced by BJP in Jharkhand that has 63 names. However, there is not a single candidate who belongs to Muslim community. 
  • The first phase of assembly election in Jharkhand will take place on November 25 and last date of filing nominations for the 1st phase ends on Wednesday (November 5). 
  • Former bete noire RJD's Lalu Prasad Yadav and JD-U's Nitish Kumar will campaign jointly during election campaign in Jharkhand. 
Date: 04-11-2014
  • RJD has asked INC to offer 3 more seats (Panki, Bishrampur, and Bhavnathpur) to contest the upcoming Jharkhand assembly election jointly.  
  • Trinamool Congress has also allied with the bigger partner JVM(P), led by Babulal Marandi. While JVMP will contest from 81 seats, TMC will contest from 5 constituencies.  
  • Bharatiya Janata Party has forged an alliance with AJSU Party and sealed the deal by relenting to the latter's pressure for 8 seats.  
  • Many candidates filed nomination even when the Maoists called for poll boycott. One candidate who filed his nomination is Ramchandra Singh of RJD.  
  • Maoist forces are trying to create tension in poll bound Jharkhand for disrupting the normal election process. People's Liberation Front of India has killed 7 members of a local outfit, Shanti Sena, in Gumla district that vouches to maintain peace in the area. 
  • Snapping of ties between JMM and Congress may pave way to a single party rule in Jharkhand after the upcoming assembly election. Political analysts feel that division of secular votes will make it easier for BJP to acquire 42-Plus seats. 
  • After long hours of discussion, BJP has finally named candidates for the upcoming election. Raghuvar Das and Arjun Munda figured in this first list. NaMo attended the meeting. 
  • Jharkhand Mukti Morcha came up with their first list of candidates in Jharkhand. Some of the major names who figured in this list include Joba Manjhi, Shashank Sekhar Bhokta, Harinarain Rai, and Chamra Linda (who defected from TMC). 
  • To restrict Union government from imposing President's Rule in Jharkhand, INC is still not withdrawing support from JMM in the on-going assembly. 
Date: 02-11-2014
  • RJD Supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav will campaign for the RJD candidates who will be contesting from Jharkhand. 
  • EC has said that distribution of home-made beer from rice and mutton by political parties to attract votes in their favour has become a challenge in Jharkhand. In the tribal dominated areas, this kind of beer are used in religious rituals, which makes it that more alluring for the tribals. 
  • Sources point out that high command of INC was forced to severe ties with JMM because local leaders of the party wanted that. BJP camp is jubilant about this break-up because it fractured the 'secular' votes in Jharkhand, giving them the chance of getting a majority in the multi-cornered contest. 
  • An independent leader, Namdhari, whose son Dilip Singh Namdhari resigned from Jharkhand BJP a few months back, said that the state's poor economic condition was mainly due to BJP. However, he also said that there is a 'Modi-wave' blowing in Jharkhand. 
  • Political fraternity of Jharkhand, especially those who participate in electoral politics, has said almost unanimously that the tactics applied by the Maoists to restrict voters from exercising their franchise will face the heat from security personnel, if they try to apply any such tactics during the assembly election. 
  • After severing ties with Jharkhand Mukti Morcha, Congress has announced its first list of candidates, consisting of fourteen names, for upcoming Jharkhand assembly election.  
  • Though INC snapped tie with JMM, they sealed deal with two other small secular partners - Janata Dal (U) and Rashtriya Janata Dal. According to the arrangement, Congress will field candidates in 66 seats, JD-U in 5 seats, and RJD 10 seats. 
  • Available information shows that INC and JMM had almost sealed the alliance deal in Jharkhand. However, disagreement on Pakur assembly constituency led to the severing of ties. JMM's general secretary regarded INC's demand of contesting from JMM bastions such as Santhal Pargana and Kolhan division seats as ridiculous. 
  • Bandhu Tirkey, President of Jharkhand TMC and the sitting MLA from Mandar who defected from Congress, has said on record that during the upcoming assembly election in the state, they are eyeing votes of the Bangladeshi settlers in the Santhal Parganas of Jharkhand. All the seats in this tribal region will go to poll on December 20. 
Date: 31-10-2014
  • INC snaps ties with JMM in Jharkhand, just a few days before the state goes to poll. JMM leader and current CM of Jharkhand accused congress of ditching them. Both the parties will now contest in 81 seats. Available information shows that INC demanded 45 seats in the alliance and asked JMM to accommodate the other secular allies from their seat share. JMM was ready to let go three important seats such as Pakur, Ghatsila, and Jamtara. JMM accused Congress of snapping ties before the crucial election. 
  • Source information reveal that BJP is contemplating the idea of choosing a non-tribal for CM's chair if it gets a majority during upcoming polls 
  • Intelligence reports point out that Maoists may create trouble in Jharkhand during the assembly election. On the basis of this tip-off, security arrangements are heightened in the state. Two important leaders of a Maoist underground organization were arrested from Latehar district. 
  • BJP may desert the 'go-it-alone' strategy during Jharkhand assembly election as their chances of pre-poll alliance with AJSU party brighten. 

Date: 30-10-2014

  • Congress seems to be still finding it tough to decide whether to go it alone in Jharkhand or keep the grand alliance. The possible alliance partners before Congress are JDU, RJD, and JMM. According to last available information, INC is keen to forge electoral alliance with Jharkhand Mukti Morcha.
  • With slew of ex-bureaucrats joining BJP, just a few days before the election, has irked many BJP workers in Jharkhand because they feel these new party inductee will snatch their chances of getting tickets in contesting assembly election.
  • Leadership of Bharatiya Janata Party is exploring the possibilities of forging alliance with All Jharkhand Students’ Union. While latter is demanding anything from 14 to 15 seats, BJP is adamant of not giving anything more than 8 seats to AJSU.
  • Some of the issues that are going to become campaign issues during upcoming Jharkhand assembly election are welfare measures, irrigation, law & order, displacement due to road construction, governance, education, empowerment, employment, health, and stability.
Date: 29-10-2014

  • INC of Jharkhand has not being able to decide yet whether to go it solo this time or forge pre-poll alliance.
  • Hemant Soren, leader of JMM and current CM of Jharkhand, fears that INC is going to end the current alliance. Consequently, he went to Delhi and met INC high command requesting not to end the ‘grand alliance’.
  • Political analysts believe that BJP is going to appoint an RSS favourite if BJP assumes power in Jharkhand assembly.
  • Samajwadi Party is trying to gain national party status. That’s why it is going to fight Jharkhand assembly election, even after performing poorly in Maharashtra.
  • Fourteen assembly constituencies will be contested by Jai Bharat Samanta Party in Jharkhand’s Kolhan division.
Date: 28-10-2014

  • Assembly polls in Jharkhand will be held in five phases. Though it was earlier notified by Election Commission that the polls will start on November 25 and end on December 20. The other polling dates are December 2, December 9, and December 14. Counting of the votes in Jharkhand will be done on December 23.
  • While notification of November 25 poll was earlier scheduled to be held on October 29 (Wednesday), it was latter changed to October 28 (Tuesday) due to ‘Chhath Puja’ festival.
  • After Jharkhand was carved out of Bihar, it is going to be the third assembly election after formation. There are 81 assembly seats in this state.
  • Jharkhand BJP is going to polls with the ‘Sabka Vikas’ campaign, trying to cash in on the popularity of Narendra Modi yet again.
  • Many bureaucrats in Jharkhand government, including IAS and IPS officers, have decided to join BJP. Two prominent ones are Laxman Prasad Singh (IG of Bokaro) and Sheetal Oraon (Police Headquarters And Training’s Inspector General). Interestingly, principal secretary J B Tubid also gave a visit to state BJP office.
  • INC of Jharkhand is toying with the idea of pre-poll alliance. That’s why Sukhdeo Bhagat (JPCC President) visited New Delhi to attend working committee meeting to decide on the issue.
Last Updated on October 30, 2014