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Raghubar Das has already participated in 45 virtual assembly meetings and is likely to hold a few more. BJP has also given Maharashtra ex-CM Devendra Fadnavis a role in Bihar.
Om Mathur, former Rajasthan BJP president, is an old RSS hand and considered close to PM Modi. He had led the party to wins in Gujarat, Maharashtra & MP.
The BJP battling anti-incumbency backed an unpopular chief minister and did little course correction despite being aware of it.
Shielding the central leadership, BJP leaders blame CM Raghubar Das, saying his ticket distribution and election management left much to be desired.
Saryu Roy was food minister in Das’ govt but levelled corruption charges against him. He fought as an independent, with support from JMM & BJP ally JD(U).
Jharkhand CM Raghubar Das was trailing behind rebel candidate Saryu Roy by over 10,000 votes in Jamshedpur (East) constituency.
JMM-led alliance ahead in 44 seats, while BJP's leading in 26. Jharkhand could well become third state where BJP fails to get a majority on its own since Lok Sabha polls 2019.
Former Jharkhand minister Saryu Roy had quit the Raghubar Das cabinet and BJP after being denied a ticket from Jamshedpur (West) seat.
Jharkhand went to polls for 81 Assembly seats in five phases from November 30 to December 20.
The Jharkhand polls are the BJP’s first test since the Supreme Court’s Ayodhya judgment and the passage of the new citizenship law.
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