Jharkhand Live: BJP's Raghubar Das sworn in as Jharkhand's CM

11:33 am:  Raghubar Das was today sworn in as the 10th chief minister of Jharkhand. He is the first non-tribal to occupy the post.

Nilkanth Singh Munda, Chandreswar Prasad Singh, Chandraprakash Choudhary and Louis Marandi were also sworn-in as cabinet ministers in Jharkhand.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and party president Amit Shah were unable to attend the swearing-in due to dense fog.

PM Modi, Amit Shah unable to attend Raghubar Das's swearing as Jharkhand's CM

10 am 28 December : Media reports said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi as well as BJP party president Amit Shah will be unable to attend Raghubar Das's swearing in ceremony as Jharkhand's chief minister today due to dense fog in Delhi.

"People of Jharkhand voted for stability. I congratulate them & pray that Jharkhand scales new heights of progress in the coming years. I would like to congratulate Shri Raghubar Das on taking over as Jharkhand CM & convey my best wishes to him," Modi tweeted.

27 December, 4 pm: Raghubar Das, first non-tribal, to be Jharkhand CM  on Sunday

Jharkhand will get its first non-tribal chief minister Sunday when veteran BJP leader Raghubar Das will take oath at the head of a coalition government. Das, 60 and a five-time legislator from East Jamshedpur, will be the 10th chief minister of Jharkhand. He will take oath at 11 a.m on Sunday The swearing in ceremony will take place at Ranchi's Morabadi ground and is expected to draw tens of thousands of supporters of the Bharatiya Janata Party and its ally, the All Jharkhand Students Union (AJSU). According to BJP sources, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, party president Amit Shah and chief ministers of some BJP-ruled states will attend the event. After getting elected as the party legislature leader, Das and AJSU leaders met Governor Syed Ahmad at Raj Bhawan at 4 p.m. and staked claim to form a government. Ahmad invited them to form a government. The AJSU said it would be part of the BJP government. "We fought the elections together and will form the government as ally," AJSU president Sudesh Mahato told reporters. Although tribals make up only 27 percent of Jharkhand's population, the state has always had a tribal chief minister. Das will break the cycle. Das, who became a BJP national vice president in August, has been twice the BJP president in Jharkhand. He became the deputy chief minister in the Shibu Soren government after the 2009 assembly elections. "Development of Jharkhand is my priority. All sections, including tribals, minorities and others, are on the development agenda," he told the media after being elected the BJP legislature party leader. That happened in the presence of BJP observers J.P. Nadda and Vinay Sharsabuddhe.

26 December, 12 pm: BJP picks Raghubar Das as state's first non-tribal CM

It's official. BJP's legislature party has chosen five-time MLA Rafhubar Das as the state CM as the party stakes claim to form its fifth and the 10th government of Jharkhand. Raghubar Das is the state's 10th CM in 14 years and first non-tribal to hold the post.Das is likely to take oath by Sunday, well ahead of the expiry of the outgoing government's term on January 3, 2015. The Bharatiya Janata Party-All Jharkhand Students Union alliance won a clear majority in the assembly elections. The BJP emerged as the single largest party with 37 seats, while the AJSU bagged five in the 81-seat assembly.

Raghubar Das likely to head BJP-led govt in state   Five-time MLA Raghubar Das is likely to head a BJP-led government in Jharkhand, media reports said this morning. The party's newly-elected lawmakers will meet around 11 am today to formally choose their new leader at a meeting

 Jharkhand Live: BJPs Raghubar Das sworn in as Jharkhands CM

Raghubar Das. PTI

"Raghubar Das, a former deputy chief minister and a party vice-president, is being touted as the front-runner for the top job. Das would be the first non-tribal person to the Chief Minister of the state. The BJP itself has had two tribal chief ministers in the past -Babulal Marandi and Arjun Munda," India Today reported. Meanwhile, sources told the Hindustan Times that barring last-minute changes, an official announcement naming Das as the state's first non-tribal chief minister could come as early as Friday. A couple of years ago while speaking in the state assembly, Das had reacted to an MLA's remark whether he was interested in becoming CM, by saying a man is in politics for that reason only.With former chief minister Arjun Munda, a tribal, falling out of the race with his defeat in the assembly poll, Das has become guarded in his statements now.

25 December, 4 pm Supporters of Congress MLA Bidesh Singh fire in air to mark election win Supporters of Congress leader Bidesh Singh on Thursday allegedly fired gun shots in the air to celebrate the MLA's win from Panki Assembly seat, two days after the election results were announced. "We have received the information about it and have asked all police stations under the constituency to give a report regarding it (firing of gun shots in the air)," Palamau Superintendent of Police Mayur Patel said.Patel said there was no report of any victory procession led by the candidate, but reports of gunshots were received.

BJP still tight-lipped about Jharkhand's new CM

24 December, 6 pm  BJP will soon elect a leader of its newly elected legislators, party leader J.P. Nadda said , but he didn't reveal who the chief minister will be. "We are going to form the government in Jharkhand," Nadda said, a day after the BJP and its ally All Jharkhand Students Union (AJSU) secured a majority in the 81-member assembly. "This is the first time since the creation of the state (in 2000) that a pre-poll alliance or political party has won such a big majority," he said after a meeting of the BJP parliamentary board here. Nadda said a meeting of BJP legislators in Jharkhand would be called and a leader appointed after consultations. He would attend the meeting. The Bharatiya Janata Party has won 37 seats and the AJSU four.

End of updates on 23 December 

7.17 pm: Hemant Soren to resign, BJP wins absolute majority

The BJP-AJSU alliance wins absolute majority in Jharkhand, reported PTI. BJP won 37 seats, while AJSU party bagged 5 in the 81-member Jharkhand Assembly. Moreover, reports suggest that Hemant Soren will meet the Jharkhand governor Syed Ahmed and is going to resign. Meanwhile, JVM-P supremo and former Jharkhand Chief Minister Babulal Marandi lost from Giridih seat, finishing third behind JMM's Sudivya Kumar. Following is the final seat tally in the 81-member Jharkhand Assembly Jharkhand-final-results 5.43 pm: Nitish, Manjhi say Jharkhand poll results not an achievement for BJP

JD(U) chief and former Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said that the Jharkhand loss was not a setback for the Janata Parivar alliance. "BJP performance in both Jharkhand and Jammu and Kashmir appears to be below expectations and there is no reason for celebration for the saffron party," Kumar told PTI. "I was not expecting much in the absence of any perfect alliance among us (Janata Parivar leaders)." "Any front against BJP without JMM or JVM in Jharkhand could not be a potent force," he said. On BJP leaders' claim that after the good showing in Jharkhand, it was now the turn of Bihar, Kumar said, "khayali pulao hai (its wishful thinking)." Bihar CM Jitan Ram Manjhi also downplayed BJP's victory in Jharkhand. "They had claimed that they would get 2/3rd majority in Jharkhand. This should make BJP realise that making false promises will not do anything," he said.

5.26 pm: People of Jharkhand voted for stability, says Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted on the Jharkhand poll results, thanking the people for their support. Modi said that the people had voted for stability.

Modi also congratulated the BJP workers of Jharkhand. "The results are the outcome of their hardwork & selfless dedication," he said.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh also congratulated BJP workers and thanked the people "for participating in the democratic process and electing their representatives."

He also said that the credit for BJP's success went to PM Modi and Amit Shah. "The BJP's impressive performance in Jharkhand and Jammu & Kashmir assembly elections is a positive vote for its agenda of good governance," said the Home Minister.


4.06 pm: JMM's Deepak Birua wins Chaibasa seat JMM candidate Deepak Birua wins the Chaibasa seat by defeating his nearest BJP rival Jyoti Bhramar Tubid of BJP by 34,715 votes, reports PTI. Jai Bharat Samanta Party candidate Geeta Koda retained the Jagannathpur seat by defeating her nearest BJP rival Mangal Singh Suren by 24,611 votes. Sita Murmu alias Sita Soren of JMM won the Jama seat beating her nearest BJP rival Suresh Murmu by 2,306 votes. Congress candidate Alamgir Alam won the Pakur seat by defeating nearest JMM rival Akil Akhtar by 18,066 votes. Meanwhile, Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (Prajatantrik) candidate Amar Kumar Bauri defeats sitting AJSU party MLA Uma Kant Rajak by about 34,000 votes from Chandankiyari (SC) seat.

3.30 pm: Amit Shah promises good governance in Jharkhand Addressing a press conference, BJP President Amit Shah today promised that the party would deliver good governance and development in Jharkhand. "Modi led the poll campaigns in both J&K and Jharkhand and the party has done well in both states. 2014 has been a year of success..We will provide Jharkhand with a stable and honest government," said Shah at the BJP headquarters in New Delhi, adding that India is now closer to achieving its Congress-free political dream. "Congress has been relegated to the 3rd or 4th position in both the state," said Shah. He thanked BJP workers in both states and said such success would not have been possible without their efforts. On Arjun Munda's loss in Jharkhand, Shah said he continues to remain an important leader for the party in the state.

Hemant Soren defeats BJP's Hemalal Murmu

15: 10 pm Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren won from the Barhait assembly constituency in the state. Soren defeated BJP candidate Hemalal Murmu by more than 23,000 votes. Soren, however, was trailing by more than 7,000 votes in the Dumka constituency behind Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate Louis Marandi. Former chief minister and Jai Bharat Samanta Party candidate Madhu Koda lost the election from the Majhgao constituency. He was defeated by Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) candidate Nial Purty by over 20,000 votes. Madhu Koda's wife Geeta Koda was leading in the Jagannathpur constituency in the state. Jharkhand BJP heavyweight and former chief minister Arjun Munda lost from Kharsawan (ST) to Dasrath Gagrai of JMM. Former deputy chief minister and All Jharkhand Students Union (AJSU) president Sudesh Mahto lost from Silli constituency. His party was in alliance with the BJP. JMM candidate Amit Mahto defeated Sudesh Mahto by over 30,000 votes.Former chief minister Arjun Munda was trailing in the Kharsawa constituency. ( IANS) Jharkhand Vikas Morcha president Babulal Marandi was trailing in the Dhanwar constituency. BJP confident of a clear majority 2:45 pm The BJP is confident of getting a clear majority in Jharkhand and forming a stable government, state party president Ravindra Kumar Rai said Tuesday. Rai told IANS over telephone from Ranchi that the Bharatiya Janata Party had expected a two-third majority in the 81-member assembly. "We were hoping to get a two-third majority but have fallen short of the 50 seats we were hoping to win," Rai said, as counting of votes showed the BJP and its allies were headed for a near majority. BJP leads, former CM Madhu Koda loses 1:36 pm Former Jharkhand Chief Minister Madhu Koda, who has been chargesheeted by the CBI in connection with the coal blocks allocation scam, on Tuesday lost from the Majhganon assembly constituency in Jharkhand. He was defeated by Jharkhand Mukti Morcha's Niral Purty. Chief Minister Hemant Soren (JMM -Dumka and Barhait seats) and former chief ministers Arjun Munda (BJP-Kharsawan), Madhu Koda (Jai Bharat Samanta Party-Majhgaon) and Babulal Marandi (Jharkhand Vikas Morcha-Dhanwar-Giridih) are among the total 1,136 candidates, including 111 women, who contested the polls. As per latest trends, the BJP is all set to form the government in Jharkhand as it is leading in 37 seats foolwed by the JMM which is ahead in 22 seats. 12:08 pm: BJP ahead but not in majority BJP's desire for a single-party majority in Jharkhand may fall short by a whisker, results and counting trends indicate. The BJP seems to fall marginally below the halfway mark of 41 in an 81-seat assembly, though this could change after final results come in. At noon, BJP was leading with 37 seats, while JMM had managed 23 seats. The JVM was headed for victory on eight seats while the Congress was set to get eight seats. Almost all the exit polls after the five-phase election had predicted a BJP win in Jharkhand. Chief Minister Hemant Soren contested from two seats. He was trailing in Dumka and leading in Barhait. Former chief minister Madhu Koda, accused of corruption, was trailing, officials said. Another former chief Minister, Babulal Marandi, was leading in Dhanwar but trailing in Giridih. However, Senior Ranchi based journalist Neeraj Sinha, who works for the BBC, feels that the BJP’s single minded harping on the ‘stable government’ theme throughout the campaign struck a chord with the electorate. Narendra Modi’s whirlwind campaign in the state – where he addressed nine rallies – and the focus on ‘good governance’ tilted the scales in favour of the BJP. What also worked in its favour was the fact that the Congress chose to part ways with the JMM-led alliance on the eve of the elections, thus causing a split in the anti-BJP vote. He disagrees with the suggestion that it was a vote of confidence against the 14-month rule of Hemant Soren. He points to the fact that the JMM appears to have held on to its turf in the Santhal Pargana and Kulhan areas. 11:20 am Given that BJP has already hit the half-way mark in Jharkhand as per poll trends, the Congress is getting irrelevant as a political force in one more state, says Firstpost political editor Akshaya Mishra. Jharkhand-11am " What's new? Nothing really. The script is the same as in other states: it lost its popular base to a strong regional party (JMM in this case) and is clueless how to rebuild. It has proved inept at forming coalitions by making pragmatic compromises at the state level. After it withdrew support to the Hemant Soren-led government, it tried to ally with the RJD and the JD(U). The alliance had all but collapsed before the election began. The task for the party is tough indeed. It will need to start from the scratch and rebuild itself as a strong force, at least strong enough to anchor coalitions involving other parties or it has to say goodbye to the states allowing its cadre to move elsewhere. The political space is cramped in the states and there are just too many contenders. Rahul Gandhi or whoever is leading the Congress has a tough job at hand," he says. BJP may fall slightly short of a majority 10: 35 am After seeming like a BJP sweep, it seems the party could well fall slightly short of a majority even in Jharkhand. It may thus have to take the support of Babulal Marandi’s JVM. Marandi was a BJP CM before he fell out with the party and launched his own outfit. But final results could well give the BJP 41-45 seats – beyond the half-way mark. While CNN-IBN seems to show the BJP winning, NDTV shows the BJP at 41, and the others slightly less, says Firstpost editor-in-chief R Jagannathan. Currently, BJP's National VP Raghubar Das is leading in Jamshedpur East by 4051 votes while Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren is leading in Barhait constituency but is trailing in Dumk. Meanwhile, AICC General Secretary B K Hariprasad told ANI that trends in Jharkhand where Congress has managed to garner only seven seats is a setback for the party. He said JMM is doing well as it has given good-governance. BJP set for victory with leads in 38 seats 10:am  BJP appears set for victory in Jharkhand as counting of votes polled in assembly polls put its candidates ahead in a whopping 38of the 81 seats. Election Commission sources indicated a BJP sweep, with the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) leading only in 11 constituencies, the Congress in four and two other parties in six places. Almost all the exit polls after the five-phase election had predicted a BJP win in Jharkhand. Chief Minister Hemant Soren was leading from both the seats he contested. Former chief minister Madhu Koda, accused of corruption, was trailing, officials said. Another former chief Minister, Babulal Marandi, was leading in Dhanwar but trailing in Giridih. BJP leader and India's Home Minsiter Rajnath Singh told ABP News that BJP will win the elections in both Jharkhand and Chhatisgarh, According to Firstpost political editor Akshaya Mishra, Jharkhand should have been a BJP state long ago. Just like Chhattisgarh. Curiously, it has not managed too well. This time things could be different. The party won 12 of the 14 seats here in the parliamentary polls, with a vote share of 40.1 percent. The closest competitor was the Congress-led formation which secured around 13 percent of votes. It was only seven months ago. The popular mood is not expected to have changed so drastically as to upset that situation entirely. It was the wave in favour of Narendra Modi that worked in the party's favour. The Sangh Parivar's diligent groundwork combined with Modi's appeal did the trick. Not much has changed in the intervening months to make the confused and divided opposition look better. It should not be a surprise if the BJP gets the magic number plus a surplus. 9:45 am BJP ahead of everyone in Jharkhand BJP candidates led in 44 of the 81 seats in Jharkhand as officials started counting votes polled in assembly elections. The Bharatiya Janata Party has been widely tipped to emerge the winner in Jharkhand. Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) candidates were ahead in 13 seats, the Congress in 5 and two smaller parties were in one seat each. Former Chief Minister Madhu Koda (Jai Bharat Samanta Party) is trailing by 3000 votes from his nearest JMM rival Niral Purty from Majhgaon (ST) after the first round of counting. Anil Murmu (JMM) is leading by over 2000 votes over his nearest BJP rival Simon Marandi from Litipara (ST). Ranjit Kumar Tiwari (BJP) leading by 2005 votes over his nearest Congress rival and former Assembly speaker Alamgir Alam from Pakur. According to Firstpost senior editor Akshaya Mishra, political instability has dogged the mineral-rich state ever since it was carved out of Bihar and it shows in all development indices. "Perhaps the instability has to do a lot with the demographic composition of the state - there are too many tribal groups with loyalty divided among several political outfits, mostly local; the non-tribal local population and the settlers from outside don’t always have similar interests. Perhaps it is a result of the failure of the national parties to build a pan-Jharkhand presence with sustained political activity. Whatever the reason, the big issue in the assembly polls was whether the state will finally vote for a stable government. It will be clear in a few hours from now," he says. BJP takes early lead, likely to win with majority 9:00 am Leading in 26 of the 36 seats in Jharkhand, it appears that the BJP is likely to win in a canter, proving the exit polls more or less correct. While it is not clear whether this trend includes  the JMM”s strong areas, it is clear that after a long time Jharkhand will have a majority government, which is good for stability. The Modi magic has worked, for the BJP’s local leaders in Jharkhand hardly had the capability to pull off this win by themselves, says Firstpost Editor-in-Chief R Jagannathan.

8:45 am The BJP is likely to live up to the poll predictions and emerge as the single largest party in Jharkhand. The party has taken the early lead in Jharkhand poll trends and is currently leading with 21 of 81 seats in the state.   "People here could see that it is only BJP that can provide a stable government, Ravindra Rai,J'Khand BJP President told ANI News. 8:27 am According to CNN IBN, the early trends in Jharkhand are: BJP+ = 5 Cong+ = 1 JMM = 1 JVM+ = 1 Others = 1 "It's a big day for J&K and Jharkhand. Hope it's a vote for development & progress," BJP's Vani Tripathi Tikoo told Times Now.


Jharkhand, which has been battling Maoist violence, registered an overall 66% turnout for the 81 assembly seats. The state, which has seen 9 governments, 3 stints of President's rule in 14 years,saw fractured mandates in both 2005 & 2009. Will Modi wave sweep Jharkhand Assembly? 7:30 am All arrangements are in place for today's counting of votes to decide the fate of the third Assembly polls in Jharkhand, where two previous ones threw up hung verdicts. The updated 66.47 percent voter turnout in the 2014 polls was a record for both Lok Sabha and assembly elections held in the state since it was carved out of Bihar on 15 November, 2000. This election will give the state, which has been dogged by political uncertainty since its birth, its tenth government in 14 years.

Representational image.

Representational image.

"All arrangements have been made for the counting at 24 centres across the state," an EC official said in Ranchi on Monday. "The process will begin at 8 am," he added. Chief Minister Hemant Soren (Dumka/Barhait) and ex chief ministers Arjun Munda (Kharsawan), Madhu Koda (Majhgaon) and Babulal Marandi (Dhanwar/Giridih) are among the total 1,136 candidates, including 111 women, whose fates will be known on Tuesday. Other prominent candidates in the fray were Speaker Shashank Sekhar Bhokta (Sarath), ex-Speaker C P Singh (Ranchi) and all the ministers in the Hemant Soren cabinet, besides several sitting MLAs and ex-ministers.

Front runners BJP, which contested in 72 seats, have a pre-poll alliance with the Ajsu party which was in the fray in eight seats, Lok Janshakti party in one seat. The main contender is the ruling JMM which contested in 79 seats.

JMM's alliance partners Congress contested in 62 seats, RJD in 22 and JDU in 11. Despite their pre-poll alliance, the three partners clashed in some of the constituencies.

This is the third assembly elections in Jharkhand in its 14 years of its existence but the state has seen nine governments interspersed with three periods of central rule.

The other two polls were held in 2005 and 2009 and both voted in hung assemblies.

The first government was a BJP-ruled one and the assembly polls had held in February 2000 when Jharkhand was still part of undivided Bihar. After its formation the party in majority in the new state formed the government.

The state has so far been ruled by five tribal Chief Ministers -- Babulal Marandi, Arjun Munda (thrice), Shibu Soren (thrice), Madhu Koda (once) and Hemant Soren (once and incumbent) during the period.

Updated Date: Dec 28, 2014 12:04:08 IST