Jharkhand Assembly Elections : BJP Takes Early Lead

Initial trends emerging from the counting for Jharkhand Assembly elections on Wednesday indicated an edge for the BJP in the 81-member House.

The BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) was ahead in 22 seats on Wednesday while the Congress was leading in 21 constituencies as early trends of vote counting in Jharkhand indicated a hung assembly.

Counting of votes polled in the five-phased Jharkhand assembly elections began Wednesday morning amid heavy security. Trends available for 47 seats indicated that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was ahead of the Congress.

The Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) was leading in eight seats and the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) in six.

There are about 30,000 security forces and 5,200 officials at the 31 counting centres in the state.

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