On the last day of campaigning, leaders of all political parties made a last ditch efforts to woo the voters.
The polling which started at 7 a.m. ended at 3 p.m. on 18 Assembly seats. The voting in Jamshedpur East and Jamshedpur West two Assembly seats will conclude at 5 p.m.
In the second phase of the five-phased elections, voting is being conducted at 20 constituencies including Jamshedpur East and Jamshedpur West.
The voting on Saturday will also see the BJP state unit president Laxman Gilua trying his electoral luck.
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Releasing the manifesto, Chief Minister Raghubar Das said the BJP is committed to rooting out Maoism from the state.
BJP chief Amit Shah alleged that the successive Congress governments did not pursue the Ram Mandir case honestly and instead kept it in abeyance for years.
Before filing his nomination, the Chief Minister visited a temple here and also held a roadshow.
The Jamshedpur East seat has become centre of attraction after Rai decided to fight against his own Chief Minister. He is fighting as an independent candidate.
Jharkhand Minister Saryu Rai got angry after BJP put his ticket on hold. The last date of filing nomination is Monday for both the seats.
The name of Vallabh was announced in Congress' fifth candidates' list released here by party General Secretary Mukul Wasnik on Saturday night.
Raghubar Das has been fielded from Jamshedpur East, while the BJP's Jharkhand unit chief Laxman Gilua will be contesting from Chakradharpur.
BJP chief and Union Minister Amit Shah, along with the state core group, is learnt to have dwelt on party nominees in the elections late on Thursday night.
With CM Raghubar Das being a non-tribal, the BJP will need to pull up socks to win in the 26 per cent tribal electorate base.
Opposition’s grand alliance is yet to take shape apparently due to disagreement over the seat-sharing formula. JVM-P is yet to clear its stand whether it will join the alliance.