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Message from Jharkhand

The new government must realise the promise held by the Jharkhand movement for the tribal population.

 

The results of the Jharkhand assembly elections 2019 have been another addition to the series of electoral setbacks that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has suffered since its victory in the parliamentary election in May 2019. Unlike the elections in Maharashtra and Haryana, however, the Jharkhand elections have handed over a decisive victory in favour of

the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM), Congress, and Rashtriya Janata Dal combine, leaving little room for the BJP to form the government either by entering into a fresh alliance or by mobilising the required numbers. The BJP went into the Jharkhand elections on its own as it could not build a pre-poll alliance. In fact, this is being cited as one of the factors that led to the defeat of the BJP. No doubt, the vote share of the BJP and its erstwhile ally All Jharkhand Students Union has shown improvement over the 2014 elections, but it is also important to take note of the increase in the number of constituencies which they contested. Further, the vote share may not necessarily be evenly distributed across constituencies. However, to attribute the failure of the BJP to its inability to forge an alliance is tantamount to negating the social reality under the earlier regime. Ever since its creation, Jharkhand has had a series of very unstable governments because of the fractured mandate leading to frequent changes in government interspersed with President’s rule. It is only the last government that had been stable, but it had far-reaching consequences for the people, especially those in the margins.

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Updated On : 6th Jan, 2020

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