Ranchi | Jagran News Desk: The much-anticipated results for the Assembly elections in Jharkhand will be declared on Monday and it would be interesting to see whether the Raghubar Das-led BJP government will be able to retain power in the state or the Congress will return to power.

The counting will start at 8 am in all the 24 district headquarters. The maximum rounds of counting will take place at Chatra with 28 rounds and lowest round at two seats -- Chandankyari and Torpa. The first result is expected around 1 pm on Monday.

The exit polls, which were broadcast on December 21, have predicted a hung Assembly in the state with Congress-JMM-RJD alliance to get an edge over the BJP. According to poll of polls, the Congress-JMM-RJD alliance will get 41 seats while the BJP might win 29 seats. The AJSU might win 4 while others will win around 7 seats in the state.

If the poll result falls in line with the exit poll predictions, then it will be another setback for the BJP after Maharashtra where the saffron party despite emerging as the single largest party with 105 seats, couldn’t form the government as its 30-year-old ally, the Shiv Sena parted ways over the demand to share the chief ministerial post for half of the tenure, which BJP denied.

The BJP had contested the elections in Jharkhand also after it failed to finalise a seat-sharing agreement with its ally AJSU. The AJSU was demanding to contest on 19 seats but the BJP had denied its request saying that it would give only nine seats following the two allies separated their ways.

Meanwhile, this would be a major win for the alliance of Congress, JMM and RJD if the trio is able to stop the BJP from returning to power.

The BJP had emerged as the single largest party in the 2014 assembly elections in Jharkhand after it won 37 of 81 seats in the state assembly. On the other hand, the JMM was second with 19 seats. The Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (JVM) had won eight seats while the Congress emerged victorious on just six seats.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma