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The News Minute | October 266, 2014 | 7.16 pm IST Political parties in Jharkhand have started considering allies for the upcoming polls, the dates of which were released by the Election Commission recently. “The only mission of our party is to get absolute mandate to form the government on our own. We hope that we will be getting over 55 seats,” said former Chief Minister and BJP leader Arjun Munda. He also said that people of the State would vote for his party referring to their win in the Lok Sabha polls that was held during April. Polling will be held in the Maoist-affected State on November 25 and December 2, 9, 14 and 20. Counting will be held on December 23. In the Lok Sabha poll, the BJP won 12 of 14 seats, bagging 40.1 per cent of the votes, while the Congress polled just 13.3 per cent of the votes, with the ruling JMM getting 12.1 per cent, according to a report in The Hindu. The major parties in the state include Indian National Congress (INC), Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP), Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) and Janata Dal (United) JD(U). Chief Minister and JMM leader Hemant Soren said. “I am confident that based on my government’s performance in the last 14 months, people would once again support us to form the government,” The JMM-led alliance with the Congress and the Rashtriya Janata Dal, which has been in power for the past year and a half, is hoping that the Modi wave will not affect the results. One of the main problems being overseen is security. Jharkhand has a notorious history of Maoist violence and out of the 24 districts, 22 are Maoist-affected areas, which poses a major challenge of security during the elections.

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