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BJP alone will win more than 65 seats in assembly election: Jharkhand CM Raghubar Das

The BJP is fighting the Congress-Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) alliance to retain power in the state under the leadership of Das. But its alliance with the AJSU hit hurdles after its ally named several candidates on the seats from where the BJP too fielded its nominees.

assembly-elections Updated: Nov 15, 2019 06:26 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times, Ranchi
Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das at a public meeting  in Daltanganj under Palamu district, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019.
Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das at a public meeting in Daltanganj under Palamu district, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019. (PTI)
         

Jharkhand chief minister Raghubar Das said on Thursday that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) would achieve its target of 65-plus seat in the House of 81 on its own workers even as its alliance with the All Jharkhand Students Union (AJSU) Party stares at an uncertain future.

Speaking to reporters at the party’s state headquarters in Ranchi, the CM said, “In the core committee meeting, chaired by the party national president [Amit Shah], we had resolved to get 65 plus seats on our own. Our workers and leaders from booth to the state level are working to achieving that target.”

The BJP is fighting the Congress-Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) alliance to retain power in the state under the leadership of Das. But its alliance with the AJSU hit hurdles after its ally named several candidates on the seats from where the BJP too fielded its nominees.

Also on Thursday, the BJP released its third list of 15 candidates for the Jharkhand assembly polls, taking to 68 the total number of seats for which it has declared its nominees. The AJSU has demanded at least 17 seats, which the BJP has not accepted.

The BJP also extended support to independent Vinod Singh on Hussainabad seat it had left for the AJSU, in another sign of deteriorating ties.

On Tuesday, Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) president Chirag Paswan announced that his party will contest 50 seats in the Jharkhand assembly elections, making it clear his party will not fight the elections in an alliance with the BJP.

The elections are scheduled to be held in five phases between November 30 and December 20. Results will be out on December 23.