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Jharkhand Assembly Election 2019 is done with the voting on 20th December. All the parties are longing for Monday to finally get to know if there will be anti-incumbency or regain of the power. Jharkhand has never had a full-term government until 2014 when BJP won the elections and provided a stable government for full five years. The reason for BJP’s victory in 2014 is largely associated with the ‘Modi Wave’ that washed out other parties. However, things have taken a different course since 2014 and the Jharkhand Assembly election 2019 is not going to be an easy driveway for BJP.

Excess of Nationalism and Lack of Local Issues

As with the previous state elections, BJP followed the same pattern of making Narendra Modi and Amit Shah the star campaigners for the election. The two have chosen to speak mostly about the national issue like Article 370 of Kashmir, Cross border terrorism, the Ram Mandir of Ayodhya, and the most famous- Infiltrators from neighboring countries.

One thing that remained to be addressed at the Narendra Modi’s rallies and the one about which the Jharkhand’s population is most concerned is the economy. We know that the economy is not in a good state. Most of the Jharkhand population is tribal and faces the impact of economic slowdown more adversely. How would the nationalism matter to them, if their livelihood is sinking down as they have no jobs?

BJP’s Jharkhand unit also believes that attending the local issues would have been more beneficial than luring voters about Nationalism and good governance. On the contrary, independent candidates are the ones who are talking about regional issues. It won’t be stunning if this election has more independent winners than the Jharkhand Assembly election 2014. The opposition has also tried to divert the course of campaigns towards the territorial issues of the voters.

Exit polls have predicted defeat for BJP

As the voting for Jharkhand Election 2019 concluded on 20 December, few polling agencies have declared opinion polls. Collectively the polls suggest a fall for BJP. The Congress-JMM-RJD alliance is predicted to win the elections. An average of all the polls suggests that Congress+ will get 41 seats whereas BJP might get only 29 seats in the Jharkhand elections 2019. Although the exit polls have differed from the actual result in the past, 23 December will give a clear idea for BJP’s fate in Jharkhand elections 2019.

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