All eyes on 14 turncoats ahead of Jharkhand Assembly polls

After the 2014 Assembly polls, six JVM-P MLAs had defected and joined the BJP.

Published: 03rd November 2019 09:12 AM  |   Last Updated: 03rd November 2019 09:12 AM   |  A+A-

election-voting-inked-finger-photo2

A voter gets her finger marked with indelible ink. (Photo | EPS)

RANCHI:  Ahead of the Jharkhand Assembly polls, all eyes are on the 14 turncoats who defected from their parties and prompted a shift in the political landscape of the state.

After the 2014 Assembly polls, six JVM-P MLAs had defected and joined the BJP. This had helped Chief Minister Raghubar Das to form a stable government. Later, eight MLAs from Congress, JMM and JVM had also joined the saffron brigade right before the 2019 Assembly elections.

The saffron party will face an uphill task to satisfy their leaders, who are gunning for tickets, if these turncoats, apparently with a strong base in their constituencies, are given a ticket to achieve the target of 65-plus in Jharkhand.

“The focus will be on these 14 MLAs who were inducted into BJP fold over the last five years… If they succeed in getting the ticket, all eyes will be on them to see how they manage to win given the changing political scenario in their areas,” said a BJP functionary.

“The election will be a litmus test for them. It will be commendable if they remain with the party, even if denied the ticket for contesting elections,” he added.

“They (defected leaders) will have to face the people’s brunt, as many who voted for them were committed voters of JMM and Cong,” said JMM General Secretary and Spokesperson Supriyo Bhattacharya.

READ HERE | Triangular fight likely in 5-phase Jharkhand Assembly polls

Stay up to date on all the latest The Sunday Standard news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp