Ranchi, November 30: Saraikela (ST) is one among the two seats in Jharkhand's Saraikela-Kharsawan district. The constituency primarily witnesses a contest between the alliance of Congress-Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM)-Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The seat goes to polls in the second phase of elections, scheduled on December 5. Phase-Wise List of Seats Going to Polls in Jharkhand.
Saraikela is among the 20 seats which will be contested in round two of the elections. The other constituencies are: Baharagora, Ghatsila, Potka, Jugsalai, Jamshedpur East, Jamshedpur West, Kharsawan, Chaibasa, Majhgaon, Jaganathpur, Manoharpur, Chakradharpur, Tamar, Mandar, Torpa, Khunti, Sisai, Simdega and Kolebira.
In 2014, the Saraikela seat was won by JMM leader Champai Soren. He was re-issued the ticket from the constituency by the party. The BJP, meanwhile, has announced Ganesh Mahali as its candidate. The All Jharkhand Students' Union (AJSU) Party has fielded Anant Ram Tudu from the constituency.
The five-phase Jharkhand elections are scheduled to be contested between November 30 to December 20. Results of the polls will be declared by the Election Commission on December 23.
The poll outcome are also likely to used as litmus test by analysts to gauge the people's sentiment towards the ongoing economic slowdown. Jharkhand is among the states which have faced the worst brunt of the economic crisis, with unemployment and job losses being projected as top poll issues.