New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The Election Commission of India will announce the schedule for the Assembly elections in Jharkhand on Friday, reported news agency ANI. 

The term of the Jharkhand assembly ends on December 27 this year. In 2014, polling in the state was held in five phases between November 25 and December 20. 

Last month, the Jharkhand government requested the Election Commission to provide at least 250 companies of paramilitary forces to conduct the forthcoming assembly elections in the state. The state government also suggested the ECI to conduct the polls in phases with area-specific focus.

The announcement comes days after the assembly polls were conducted in Maharashtra and Haryana. The BJP managed to retain both the states, riding the 'Modi wave'. 

In Haryana, the BJP emerged as the single largest party with 40 seats, but fell short of six seats to touch the majority mark. Dushyant Chautala's JJP, which won on 10 seats, extended support to the saffron party for the formation of government. 

In Maharashtra, the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance managed a comfortable majority but the ruling partners are now locked in a power tussle over the latter's demand of 50:50 power sharing in the state. 

In the 288-member Assembly, the BJP won 105 seats, a loss of 17 seats compared to its 2014 tally. The Sena's tally also came down to 56 seats from 63 in 2014. A resurgent NCP won 54 and the Congress bagged 44 seats.


Posted By: Abhinav Gupta