Ranchi, December 7: Torpa, the assembly seat located in Kunti district of Jharkhand, will vote on December 7 in Jharkhand Assembly Elections 2019. The Torpa seat goes to polls in the second phase of elections, scheduled on December 7 and is a (ST) reserved seat. The main contest in Torpa this time is between JMM and BJP. However, the JMM has dropped its sitting MLA from the seat this time. Phase-Wise List of Seats Going to Polls in Jharkhand.
Torpa 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 Torpa seat was won by Paulus Surin of the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM). However, this time JMM decided to drop the two-time MLA Paulus Surin and instead gave ticket to Sudeep Guria. The BJP has announced Koche Munda as its candidate. Paulus Surin, the sitting MLA who was denied ticket by the JMM this time, is fighting as an independent candidate.
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.