PATNA : The Jharkhand poll outcome has provided ample indication that the BJP and JMM are making inroads into each other’s strongholds. For the first time, the saffron party made an impressive presence in Santhal Pargana region by securing four seats.
Even Chief Minister Hemant Soren was defeated by Lois Marandi of the BJP in the Dumka seat. However, Soren won from the Barhait constituency. The BJP had mounted an aggressive campaign in the area during the run-up to the fifth and final phase of the polls.
And it goes to show that the BJP is making forays among the tribals, particularly Santhals who are considered traditional vote bank of the JMM. The Congress too managed to pick up three seats from the area.
Another tribal dominated Kolhan region in the southernmost part of the state.
Two former CMs-- Arjun Munda and Madhu Koda-- lost from the region. The defeat of the political heavyweights by JMM candidates indicated that party was fast moving out from traditional Santhal Pargana region to new areas like Kolhan.
The RJD and the JD(U), which had a strong base in North Chhotanagpur and Palamu region, failed to win a single seat and their candidates mostly lost to the BJP candidates. The AJSU also made presence in this region. This is the only region where the JMM had to settle for a lone seat.
The Jharkhand results also indicated that the saffron party had moved ahead in the urban constituencies. Interestingly, despite being in power, the JMM was the only party that kept its vote bank intact and it had come in second in most of the constituencies.