Baharagora Assembly Elections 2019 | Having won the seat twice in a row, the Hemant Soren-led JMM would be hoping to win the Baharagora Assembly constituency for the third time when the constituency votes on 6 December. However, contesting on the party's Bow and Arrow symbol will be Samir Kumar Mohanty, JVM's candidate from the Assembly seat in the 2014 polls.
Kunal Sarangi, the sitting Baharagora MLA from the JMM who was also the party central spokesperson, joined the BJP last month. While Mohanty, who had joined the BJP after his loss in 2014, has returned to the JMM after nearly 15 years.
The change in electoral faces has made the fight in Baharagora, situated at the southern end of Jharkhand and bordering Odisha and Bengal, very interesting. Baharagora will vote on 6 December in Phase II of the Jharkhand Assembly election.
Past election results
Sarangi had won the seat in 2014 as a JMM candidate receiving 57,973 votes against BJP's Dineshananda Goswami who had received 42,618 votes. Then a JVM leader, Mohanty was the second runner-up receiving 42,130 votes. Sarangi is now contesting on the Lotus symbol while Mohanty is contesting on Bow and Arrow symbol.
JMM had won he seat in 2009 as well with party candidate Vidyut Varan Mahato receiving 59,228 votes against Dinesh Kumar Sanargi of BJP. Dinesh had won the seat for the BJP in 2005 by defeating Vidyut.
Following is a brief description of the Assembly constituency (as of 2014):
Constituency number: 44
Voter turnout in last Assembly Election: 75.98 percent
Major parties in the fray
The BJP, JD(U), JMM, JVM, CPI, SP, BSP and Marxist Co-ordination are the main parties from the seat.
At present, the state is ruled by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in an alliance with the All Jharkhand Students' Union (AJSU) under the leadership of Chief Minister Raghubar Das.
The term of the current Assembly will end on 5 January 2020.
In 2014, the BJP had won 37 seats, while its ally AJSU secured a win in five Assembly seats.
Among the Opposition parties, the RJD, Congress and the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) have formed an alliance for the polls under the leadership of JMM chief Hemant Soren. Soren is also the Opposition Alliance's chief ministerial candidate.
The BJP is hoping to retain power in Jharkhand following setbacks and winning fewer seats in both the Maharashtra and Haryana Assembly election as compared to the 2014 polls in the two states. However, several of the NDA allies, including BJP's current Jharkhand alliance partner AJSU, have decided to contest the 2019 Assembly polls on their own. Ram Vilas Paswan's Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) and the Nitish Kumar-led Janata Dal (United) are also contesting the polls solo.
Of the 81 Assembly constituencies in the state, nine are reserved for Scheduled Castes, 28 for Scheduled Tribes and 44 are of the general category. According to the Election Commission, the state's population stands at 3.2 crore, of which 86 lakh are ST and 39 lakh are ST. The state has a total number of 2,08,52,808 electors, including Service Voters. As per the electoral rolls in January 2019, there are 1.18 crore male voters, 1.08 crore female voters and 40,336 service voters.
The number of polling stations in 2014 were 24,803. After Maharashtra and Haryana, Jharkhand is the third state to go to polls since Prime Minister Narendra Modi won the Lok Sabha election with a thumping majority in May. The 82-member Jharkhand Assembly is being held in five phases between 30 November and 20 December with the counting of votes scheduled to take place on 23 December.
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Updated Date: Dec 23, 2019 08:01:16 IST