All roads lead to the polling booths today in seven Jharkhand districts


    Jamshedpur : The last few weeks of frenzied campaigning, manifestoes, promises have been leading up for todays battle of the ballot where 44.13 lakh voters from seven districts of jharkhand will cast their vote to elect their candidate out of the 233 who are contesting from different parties and as individual.

    From 7am today morning , voters will be making their way to polling booths in seven districts of jharkhand for 20 assembly seats , some will cast their vote before their day begins, others will make the trip at lunchtime and some will hold off until the last moment when the polling booths close, but the important thing is to make sure that you use your vote and have your say about who will represent you at both local and State level.

    Jamshedpur Dec 1 The fate of two former chief ministers, a minister and a bureaucrat will be decided Tuesday in the second of the five-phase Jharkhand assembly election.

    Polling will take place in 20 of the 81 constituencies. Balloting will take place in 5,051 polling booths.
    A total of 223 candidates are in the fray. Their fate will be decided by 44,13,716 voters – of which 22,48,331 are males and 21,65,379 females.

    Two former chief ministers – Arjun Munda and Madhu Koda – are contesting from Seraikela and Majhgao seats, respectively.

    Munda has been the legislator from Seraikela since 1995.Kodas wife Geeta Koda is also contesting the polls from Jagganthpur seat.

    Bharatiya Janata Party’s national vice president Raghubar Das is contesting from Jamshedpur East, the constituency he has been representing since 1995.

    Both Munda and Das are in race for the chief minister’s post if the BJP comes to power.

    BJP’s Saryu Rai is fighting from Jamshedpur West and is pitted against state minister Banna Gupta of the Congress.
    J.B. Tubid, who was the cabinet secretary and took voluntary retirement to join the BJP, is contesting from Chaibasa.

    In the second phase, 17 of the 20 seats are reserved for Scheduled Tribes. The BJP had won eight of the seats in the 2009 assembly polls.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed two rallies in the state for the second phase of balloting. Congress president Sonia Gandhi and vice president Rahul Gandhi also addressed rallies.

    Some seats will witness direct contest between the BJP and the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) while some will see a triangular fight among the BJP, the JMM and the Congress.

    Elaborate security arrangements have been made for the smooth and incident free polling to the Assembly polls in Kolhan.

    Officials said that necessary arrangements have also been made for deployment of forces in the district for the smooth conduct of simultaneous polls.

    There was no dearth of police personnel during elections. The police is fully geared up for the elections and all measures would be been taken to ensure free and fair elections.


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