The AJSU, however, demanded Lohardaga and Chakdradharpur seats. From Lohardaga, the BJP has fielded former Congress state unit chief Sukhdeo Bhagat.
The BJP severing its alliance with AJSU comes on the heels of developments in Maharashtra, where the BJP and the Shiv Sena parted ways after contesting the Assembly polls in an alliance.
In 2014, the BJP had won 37 seats, failing short of the majority mark, but formed the government with the help of AJSU and six legislators, who defected from the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha
(JMM). This time, the BJP has given tickets to several sitting legislators from the Congress who have switched sides.
The development has made the polls a multi-cornered contest. The Congress has an alliance with the JMM and Rashtriya Janata Dal.
The five-phase polling in Jharkhand will last from November 30 to December 20, and the counting of votes is on December 23.