The year also saw a string of incidents where helpless people were lynched by violent mobs on suspicion of petty theft and performing witchcraft.
After Haryana and Maharashtra, Jharkhand has turned out to be the third state where the BJP has failed to get a majority to form the government.
JMM-Congress-RJD contested the Assembly polls together to take on the ruling BJP in the state.
Trashing the exit polls, the ruling BJP is keeping its fingers crossed and said that they have confidence in the people.
Over 62.4 per cent voter turnout was recorded at 15 Assembly constituencies covering four districts that went to polls in the fourth phase of elections in Jharkhand on December 16.
Campaigning for the fifth and last phase ended on Wednesday, which will vote on Friday with a total of 237 candidates in fray.
Webcasting was done in 2,122 polling stations while 70 booths were manned only by women polling personnel.
The fate of 309 candidates, including 32 women nominees, will be decided in the third leg of the elections.
The ADGP said polling is continuing peacefully and there is no other report of any untoward incident from anywhere else.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi accused the Congress of delaying resolution of the vexed Kashmir problem and the Ayodhya dispute.