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Last gasp surge in J&K and Jharkhand

Jharkhand, which also went to the polls along with J& K, broke all previous polling records to witness over 66 percent of turn-out in the five phases, bettering the previous mark of 54.2 percent in the 2004 assembly poll.

Terming the overall polling percentage in J and K as “historic and unprecedented”, Deputy Election Commissioner Vinod Zutshi said the fifth and final phase of polling in the assembly elections on Saturday saw 76 percent of polling.

Similarly, the last phase recorded over 71 percent of polling in Jharkhand, he said.

“It has been the highest turn-out in the last 25 years. This has been a historic turn-out in the current elections... unprecedented and totally peaceful,” he said about J and K elections.

The previous assembly elections of 2008 and 2002 had witnessed 61.42 per cent and 43.09 per cent respectively in J and K. The militancy-hit state has seen a quadrangular fight with ruling National Conference, main opposition PDP, BJP and Congress locked in the battle.

Describing the year 2014 as an eventful year for EC, he said “never in the history of elections has a year recorded such a voter turn-out”, referring to a string of state Assembly elections and Lok Sabha polls held this year.

Meanwhile, Today’s Chanakya has predicted a landslide victory for the BJP in Jharkhand with the party projected to win 61 seats (± 8) out of 81 seats in the state assembly. It predicts a debacle for the Congress with the party projected to win just 4 seats (± 2). JMM is predicted to win 12 seats (± 4) with others winning 4 (± 4).

The BJP has never got majority in Jharkhand before, which is all set to change according to Today’s Chanakya. The party broke its alliance with the JMM just before the election. Voters in Jharkhand turned out in large numbers despite the Maoist threat in the state.
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