Jharkhand Election 2019 Live: Voting is underway in the second phase of Jharkhand Assembly elections. (Photo: ANI)
Jharkhand Assembly Election 2019 Voting Live: Voting is underway at 20 constituencies of Jharkhand in the second phase of the state Assembly elections. At least 16 of these constituencies are reserved for STs while one is for SCs. Several constituencies going for this phase of polling are Naxal-affected. "So, armed police have been deployed as a part of security measures," PTI quoted harkhand Chief Electoral Officer Vinay Kumar Choubey as saying. Out of 6,066 polling stations, 949 have been declared 'critical' and 762 ‘sensitive' in Naxal-affected areas, he said.
A tough electoral battle is expected in the East Jamshedpur constituency where Chief Minister Raghubar Das will face rebel BJP MLA Saryu Roy, who is contesting as an independent candidate, and Congress spokesperson Gaurav Vallabh. A significant fight is also likely in Khunti, where the Pathalgadi movement looms large. The electoral face-off in Tamar constituency has also turned interesting with Vikas Munda (JMM), the son of slain MLA Ramesh Munda being pitted against Kundan Pahan (Jharkhand Party), and murder accused and a surrendered Maoist and alleged conspirator Gopal Krishna Patar alias Raja Peter, who is fighting on an NCP ticket.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday urged voters to exercise their electoral right by voting in large numbers. "Today is the second round of voting in Jharkhand assembly elections. I urge all voters to make this festival of democracy successful by voting in maximum numbers," he tweeted.