Shikaripara Assembly Election 2019 | Currently held by Jharkhand Mukti Morcha's (JMM) Nalin Soren, who had polled 42.05 percent votes in 2014, the constituency of Shikaripara will go the polls in the fifth phase of the Jharkhand Assembly Election on 20 December.
For the upcoming election, the BJP has given a ticket to Paritosh Soren to contest from Shikaripara, while the JMM has re-nominated Nalin Soren.
Following is a brief description of the Assembly constituency (as of 2014):
Constituency number: 7
Voter turnout in last Assembly Election: 76.18 percent
Located in Dumka district of Jharkhand, Shikaripara (ST) Vidhan Sabha comes under the Dumka (ST) Lok Sabha constituency. As per the estimates of 2011 census, of the total 3,04,589 population 100 percent is rural. The Scheduled castes (SC) and Scheduled tribes (ST) ratio is 4.85 and 56.08, respectively out of total population.
Results in last three years:
The Shikaripur Vidhan Sabha seat will see a tough contest between sitting MLA and JMM leader Nalin Soren and BJP's Paritosh Soren. Shyam Marandi of the All Jharkhand Students Union (AJSU) and Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (Prajatantrik) candidate Rajesh Muru are also in the electoral fray. The JMM candidate will have support from the Congress and the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) for the Assembly elections as the three parties are contesting in an alliance.
Nalin had also won the 2009 polls by defeating Paritosh, who had then contested on a JVM ticket, by garnering 30, 474 votes. In the previous elections in 2005, Nalin remained the sitting MLA with 27,723 votes. Raja Marandi of the JD(U) had lost by a thin margin of over 3,000 votes.
Major parties in the fray
The JMM, BJP, JD(U), 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 07:58:33 IST