The BJP has once again expresse confidence in the incumbent Chief Minister Raghubar Das and announced him as the party's face for the upcoming Assembly elections in Jharkhand. BJP in-charge for the Jharkhand Assembly polls, OP Mathur, claimed that the saffron party will return to power by winning more than 65 seats in the 81-member Legislative Assembly.
"Our leadership has set a target of winning more than 65 seats. I am confident that we will achieve it.... Raghubar Das will be the party's face for the post of chief minister," he said.
When asked about the party falling short of its target in the recent Assembly elections in Maharashtra and Haryana, Mathur argued that every state election was different and so were the factors influencing voters.
Earlier in the day, Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora announced that the Assembly polls in the Naxalism-affected state will be held in five phases on November 30, December 7, 12, 16 and 20. The counting of votes will take place on December 23 and the result will be announced on the same day.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had won 37 seats in the 2014 Jharkhand polls and got past the majority mark in the Assembly as a number of MLAs from other parties joined it. Shibu Soren's Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) had won 19 seats while the Congress had bagged 7.