Jharkhand: Campaigning for first phase of assembly elections ends today

In Jharkhand, campaigning for the first phase of Assembly elections will come to end today. Thirteen constituencies spread over six districts, including Palamu, Gumla, Garhwa and Latehar, will go to polls in this phase on Saturday. BJP President Amit Shah will address election meetings in Chatra and Garhwa today. Chief Minister Raghubar Das, Jharkhanf Mukti Morcha executive President Hemant Soren, Jharkhand Vikas Morchal President Babulal Marandi and All Jharkhand Students Union chief Sudesh Kumar Mahto are also scheduled to address election rallies.

AIR correspondent reports that reservation and employment are the main issues of ongoing campaigning of almost all the political parties. During campaigning BJP leaders are promising 33 percent reservation will be given to women if party voted to power. The party also commits reservation to OBCs will be given on the basis of population and employment will be given to each BPL family.

On the other hand Congress, AJSU are JMM are promising to increase reservation in jobs for Other Backward Castes to 27 percent from the existing 14 percent. JMM and Jharkhand Vikas Morcha(JVM) are advocating 50 percent reservation in government and private sectors for women if their parties gain power. Besides these parties also promise permanent status will be given to contractual staffs of .LJP and left parties commit unemployment will be eradicated and all vacant jobs will be filled if parties comes to power.

The 81-member Jharkhand Assembly will go to polls in five phases between 30th November and 20th December. Counting of votes will be held on 23rd of December.