With the Election Commission announcing dates for a five-phase election to the 81-member Jharkhand Assembly, political parties are leaving no stone unturned to woo voters. Political observers say that Congress is no where in the contest and the fight is only between Sibo Soren's Jharkhand Mukti Morcha and the BJP.
The BJP which got an emphatic victory in recently concluded Haryana and Maharashtra Assembly elections, is hoping to show a similar feat in the mineral-rich State. The party, riding high on the Modi wave is claiming to form a Government of its own in the State which has never seen a politically stable Government since its formation 13 years ago.
Political observers say if BJP pulls off a majority with robust organisational support of the RSS, it won't come as surprise.
Polling will be held in the Maoist-affected State on November 25 and December 2, 9, 14 and 20. Counting will be held on December 23.
BJP riding high on 'Modi wave'
The BJP, this time too, will depend on charisma of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Riding on 'Modi wave' the party won 12 out of 14 seats in the Lok Sabha poll.
It got 40.1 per cent of the votes, while the Congress polled just 13.3 per cent of the votes, with the ruling JMM getting 12.1 per cent.
The BJP is fighting Assembly polls with National Democratic Alliance (NDA) partners like All Jharkhand Students Union (Ajsu) Party, Lok Janashakti Party (LJP) and Rashtriya Lok Samta Party (RLSP). Also, a major faction of the Babulal Marandi-led Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (JVM), which has 11 MLAs in the Assembly has also joined hands with the BJP.
BJP, an answer to instable Government in Jharkhand?
While launching its manifesto, party president Amit Shah said that if voted to power, the BJP will work in providing stability and transparency in the State.
He said the State lagged behind because of unstable Governments."Solution to all problems in Jharkhand lie in a government which enjoys majority," he said.
In its 13 years of existence, the State has seen eight Governments and three spells of President's Rule. Political pundits say that the unstability is the root of all problems in the State. If the BJP is promising a stable Government with an active leader as its CM, it could turn the tide to its favour.
Despite being a mineral-rich State, Jharkhand is still underdeveloped. Around 54 percent of its people are below poverty line. Nearly eight Government has taken over charge but nobody took interest to deal with the problem of people.
Two cornered contest in Assembly polls
The Congress which was part of State Government is nowhere in the contest. The party neither has a base at ground level nor a well-acclaimed leadership in the State. Under such situation, the fight is between the JMM and the BJP. The JMM could play a significant role in the elections. Large sections of the State's 24 per cent tribal population are politically loyal to the JMM led by Shibu Soren. But, Lok Sabha resuts show that people are also fed with the JMM and are in mood to give BJP a chance.
The voteshare of BJP in Lok Sabha poll was a whopping 40.1 percent while ruling JMM got 12.1 percent.