Dhanbad Assembly Elections 2019 | A tribal-dominated constituency in Dhanbad, Tundi goes to polls on 16 December in phase four of the Jharkhand Assembly election. AJSU had won the election in the 2014 election receiving 31.41 percent of the total votes polled in the seat. JMM was the runner up with 30.78 percent votes, followed by JVM with 25.62 percent votes.
In the 2014 election, Raj Kishore Mahato of AJSU had defeated two-time MLA from Tundi JMM's Mathura Prasad Mahato with a thin margin of 1,126 votes. While Raj had received 55,466 votes, Mathura had received 54,340 votes. JVM's Saba Ahmad had received 45,229 votes.
Mathura had won the seat in 2005 and 2009 elections defeating Sabha Ahmad both times.
It's likely that the triangular contest will remerge in 2019 as well, however, with the AJSU-BJP no longer in an alliance, the saffron party could play a spoilsport for the traditional players.
Following is a brief description of the Assembly constituency (as of 2014):
Constituency number: 42
Total electors: 253824
Voter turnout in last Assembly Election: 69.56 percent
Major parties in the fray
The AJSU, JMM, JVM and Congress 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.
Out 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 this year.
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 08:01:11 IST