Jharkhand Assembly Elections

  • Assembly poll dates for Maharashtra, Haryana likely to be announced today 12 hours 28 minutes ago

    New Delhi: The Election Commission is likely to announce the dates for Assembly polls in Maharashtra, Haryana on Friday. Assembly elections in four states - Maharashtra, Haryana, Jharkhand and Jammu and Kashmir - are scheduled to be held in 2014. According to EC sources, the elections would be held in two...
  • House of shame: 37 Jharkhand MLAs named in crimes December 25, 2009

    Ranchi: Nearly half of the 81 newly elected legislators in Jharkhand have criminal cases registered against them, while 19 of them are "crorepatis" (multi-millionaires), official documents show. As per Election Commission records, 37 legislators face criminal cases. The highest number of legislators with cases against them are from the Jharkhand Mukti...
  • JMM, BJP set to form government in Jharkhand December 25, 2009

    Ranchi: A coalition seems to be in place in Jharkhand after two days of political uncertainty as the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) on Friday announced it will form the next government with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Hemlal Murmu, a senior JMM leader and legislator, said: "We will form the next...
  • Soren gets one more chance to be Jharkhand CM December 24, 2009

    Ranchi: The man of the match in Jharkhand Assembly elections is a politician who's survived court convictions, personal tragedies but is once again ready to play the kingmaker or the king himself. Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) President Shibu Soren has reaped a good harvest in the Assembly elections. It had been predicted...
  • Soren plays hardball; woos both Cong and BJP December 24, 2009

    Ranchi: Jharkhand has once again been left with a hung Assembly leaving Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) President Shibu Soren as the kingmaker. Soren's party surprised pollsters by winning 18 seats even as Congress and its allies emerged as the single largest unit. But Congress will need Soren to form a government in...
  • Madhu Koda's wife wins Jharkhand poll December 23, 2009

    Ranchi: Geeta Koda, the wife of graft-tainted former chief minister Madhu Koda on Wednesday won the Assembly election from Jagganthpur constituency defeating Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) Sonaram Biruwa. Geeta Koda secured 28,437 votes and defeated Biruwa by over 8,000 votes. She dedicated her victory to her husband, who is at the...
  • Cong, BJP, JMM look for post-poll allies in Jharkhand December 23, 2009

    Jharkhand: On the eve of vote counting in Jharkhand, Congress, BJP and JMM on Tuesday said they were in search of post-poll allies in case of a hung Assembly. "We welcome any secular party," state Congress President Pradeep Kumar Balmachu said. Congress has allied with the Jharkhand Vikas Morcha for the...
  • Soren kingmaker in hung Jharkhand House December 24, 2009

    Ranchi/ New Delhi: The Congress-led alliance was on Wednesday emerging as the largest political grouping in the 81-member Jharkhand assembly but a hung House seemed inevitable. In trends available for the 81 seats, for which counting was on, the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) was ahead in 22 seats while the...
  • Jharkhand voter turnout a rebuff to Maoists: Govt December 21, 2009

    New Delhi: Home Minister P Chidambaram on Monday said the healthy voter turnout in the just concluded Jharkhand Assembly elections was a "stinging rejection" of the Maoist rebels' call for boycott of the polls. "This is a stinging rejection of the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) and other militants who...
  • Naxal leaders eye power, contest Jharkhand polls December 15, 2009

    Ranchi: Nine Naxal leaders are contesting on tickets of various political parties including Shibu Soren's Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) and Lalu Prasad's Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) in the ongoing Jharkhand Assembly elections. But political parties see nothing wrong in having Naxals leaders as their candidates. "There is nothing wrong in giving Naxal...
  • Over 60 pc polling in Jharkhand's 4th phase December 13, 2009

    Ranchi: An over 60 per cent turnout was reported from the 14 Assembly seats, situated in Maoist strongholds, in the fourth phase of Jharkhand's Assembly elections on Saturday despite the rebels' call for a poll boycott. Polling was peaceful, officials said. Around 59 per cent polling took place in the...
  • Slow start to 4th phase Jharkhand polls December 13, 2009

    Ranchi: Only 7.15 per cent polling was recorded till 0900 hrs IST in the fourth phase of Assembly elections in the Naxal-affected 14 constituencies of Jharkhand, according to Election Commission sources in Ranchi. The polling, which began at 0700 hrs IST and will continue till 1500 hrs IST, is going on...
  • 50 per cent voting in Jharkhand third phase poll December 8, 2009

    Ranchi: Between 47 per cent and 50 per cent of polling was recorded as the third of the five-phase polling ended by and large peacefully on Tuesday, barring stray incidents in Dumka and Giridih districts. According to Election Commission officials in Ranchi, initial reports put the polling percentage at 47 to...
  • Jharkhand sees 54.2 pc polling, Maoists kill one December 2, 2009

    Ranchi: The second phase of Jharkhand elections saw a 54.2 per cent turnout on Wednesday, with people coming out to vote even in Maoist strongholds. Polling was largely peaceful, barring one incident in which a security personnel was killed. According to election officials, 54.2 per cent of eligible voters cast the...
  • Voting gains momentum in Jharkhand November 25, 2009

    Ranchi: After a slow start, voting on the first day of the five-phased Jharkhand Assembly elections gained momentum by Wednesday afternoon, poll panel officials said. According to the State Election Commission, the voting percentage was around 36 per cent till 1300 hrs IST. The highest voting was recorded at Sarath Assembly...
  • Jharkhand votes in Phase I, Naxal threat looms large November 25, 2009

    Ranchi: Jharkhand is all set for its first phase of Assembly elections on Wednesday amidst tight security even as the Naxals have called for a boycott of the polls. The state police and central paramilitary forces are deployed across the state. Borders of the 26 out of the 81 Assembly segments...
  • 108 aspirants with criminal record in Jharkhand poll fray November 23, 2009

    New Delhi: At least 108 candidates with criminal record are contesting the first phase of Jharkhand assembly elections scheduled for November 25, an analysis of the affidavits revealed on Monday. These candidates are from all major political parties. The analysis done by voluntary organisation National Election Watch and its partner organisations,...
  • Jailed Jharkhand ex-minister files poll papers November 17, 2009

    Ranchi: Former Jharkhand minister Enos Ekka, who has been in jail since August in a graft case, on Tuesday filed his nomination papers for two Assembly seats in the state. The five-phased Jharkhand Assembly polls begin on November 25. "Enos Ekka has filed his nomination papers for two Assembly seats -...
  • Congress ties up with Marandi for Jharkhand polls November 5, 2009

    Ranchi: The Congress party has dumped its old allies in the coming Assembly elections in Jharkhand and found a new ally in former chief minister Babulal Marandi, who was formerly with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The Congress has decided to contest 55 seats and leave 31 for the Jharkhand Vikas...
  • Muslim groups demand Jharkhand poll date changed October 26, 2009

    Ranchi: Various Muslim organisations and political parties have threatened to boycott the first phase of Jharkhand's Assembly elections on November 27, the Friday before Bakr-Eid. A letter, requesting a change of dates, has been sent to the Election Commission on Monday. The first phase of elections on Novenber 27 falls...