New Delhi: As the counting of votes for 81 Assembly seats began at 8 AM on Monday, Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) leader and Opposition Chief Ministerial Candidate Hemant Soren was seen leading in Dumka in early trends. He faced a tough fight from Woman and Child Welfare Minister Lois Marandi of the BJP from the seat.Also Read - Jharkhand Election Results 2019: Congress-JMM-RJD Alliance Wins 45 Seats, BJP Wins 22 Seats
The Dumka assembly seat went to polls on December 20 in the fifth and last phase of the Jharkhand assembly elections 2019. In the 2014 Jharkhand assembly election, Lois Marandi of the BJP had registered victory from the Dumka(ST) assembly seat. Also Read - Jharkhand Assembly Election 2019: Hemant Soren, The Man Who Could be The Next Chief Minister
Apart from Dumka, Soren had also contested the polls from Barhait seat, from where he faced a tough fight from Simon Malto of the BJP. Also Read - Hemant Soren calls for uprooting BJP from the Centre and the states
Notably, counting of postal ballots will be held first and votes polled in the Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) will begin after sometime.
In 2014 Assembly elections, the BJP had won 37, All Jharkhand Students Union (AJSU) 5, JMM 19 and Congress 6. The JVM (P) won 8 seats and Lalu Yadav’s Rashtriya Janata Dal could not win even a single seat.