Ranchi | Jagran News Desk: As it became evident that the JMM-Congress-RJD alliance will form the next government in Jharkhand, BJP leader and Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das conceded defeat and said that it "it was his defeat, not of the BJP".

"It is my defeat, not of BJP," news agency PTI quoted Das as saying.

Earlier on Monday, Das had said that it "will not be correct to comment" on the current trends showing opposition-led grand alliance inching towards victory in Assembly polls as more rounds of counting are to be held.

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"These trends are not the final word. There are more rounds of counting to be held. It will not be correct to comment on these trends. I will hold a press conference later in Ranchi," Das told reporters earlier in the day.

He also dismissed the reports that independent candidate Jamshedpur (West) Saryu Rai had caused damage to the party saying, "Had Saryu Rai caused damage, I would not have received the votes, which I did so far."

Das had also expressed hope that the BJP would win the elections and form the government in the state. "Let me clearly state that we are not only winning but we will also form the government under the leadership of BJP in the state," he had said.

As per the latest trends available on the Election Commission website, the alliance of JMM, Congress and RJD will form the next government in the state and win around 46 seats while the BJP will emerge victorious on 24 seats. 

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The results fall in line with exit polls which had predicted the JMM-led alliance in the lead, and incumbent Raghubar Das-led BJP likely to fall significantly short of the majority mark.  

In 2014, the BJP had a clear majority in the House with 37 seats, while its ally AJSU managed to win five Assembly seats. The tenure of the current Assembly ends on January 5, 2020. This is the fourth Assembly election in Jharkhand since the state was carved out of Bihar in 2000. Polling on 81 Assembly seats in Jharkhand was held in five phases from November 30 to December 20.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma