Jharkhand Election: Booth management on voting day can seal the fate of the candidates

JAMSHEDPUR: The polls are like the snake game and the stairs where the destiny of the net is in the hands of the voters, who can take you to the top or simply reject you. Candidates also in their last effort to win the polls depend on the day of the vote.

This time, when Jharkhand witnesses a multi-corner competition in all 81 seats, the booth administration would play a key role in changing the tables in the last hours of voting on election day.

In the second phase of the polls scheduled for December 7, voters will decide the fate of the candidates for 20 seats, the highest among the five phases.

Each political party designates cabin workers, whose job it is to ensure that more and more supporters of that political party present themselves at the place of the elections and press the EVM button for that particular party.

Sources from a national party on condition of anonymity revealed that booth workers often try to prevent supporters of the opposition party from casting their votes.

He said that most national parties with large funds have the maximum number of workers at each stand. He added that it is one of the reasons why national party candidates easily defeat independents.

He also added that the national parties on average spend Rs 500 to Rs 2000 on each cabin worker. Most national parties have at least two stand workers in each place.

It should be noted that the East Singhbhum district has about 1885 positions. In the second phase of this assembly's polls, there are 260 candidates for 20 seats, including incumbent CM Raghubar Das, who competes from his traditional Jamshedpur seat to the east, which he has won since 1995 with the BJP ticket. Of the 260 candidates, 26 are women. Of the 20 seats, 16 are reserved seats.

The sources said that the role of cabin workers is even more vital in rural seats, where many candidates try to woo voters with the distribution of liquor and money. A candidate from a national party lost polls from the 2009 assembly of the reserved seas of Ghatsila after workers at his stand did not invite voters to a lamb feast before the elections.

Analysts say that in the multilevel contest every vote is valuable and can decide the fate of the net, so after the scrutiny of Kolhan's seats on Thursday night was cut, the candidates are now concentrating on the stand management on day D.